"Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before." – Captain Kirk
Did you just start singing the theme song in your head after you read that? I did, and I have to tell you that I straight up loved this movie. It was just a really fun movie to watch. If you have never seen Star Trek, the TV series, or the previous movies you will be just fine starting out with this one, no prior knowledge required. Into Darkness is a very character driven movie so there is no need to be a sci-fi fan either.
The casting in this movie is second to none:
Chris Pine as Kirk
Zachary Quinto as Spock
Zoe Saldana as Uhura
Karl Urban as Bones
Simon Pegg as Scotty
John Cho as Sulu
Anton Yelkin as Chekov
These actors have physical similarities with the characters in the original TV series characters. Start with that and add in hair, make up, script and, (I am guessing) hours of watching the series, and these people have been transformed. If you have some background watching the series as a kid, like I did, you will really enjoy how these characters are portrayed.
I am sure there are hard core Trekkies that are not pleased with how this movie depicts their beloved Star Trek. While I grew up watching Star Trek, I don't know very much about it and would not even consider myself a huge fan of the series. I understand that for some, Star Trek is a way of life. If the last link describes you, please disregard my review as I am sure it is super insulting. Dammit Jim, I'm a blogger not a Star Trek historian.
So, no matter your Trek-level I really think you will love this movie. Well---except the Trekkies that I mentioned above. I encourage you to see this movie in the theater as I think you would miss out on some of the spectacle at home. The sound and graphics are really good and help you to really get into the movie.
"Live long and prosper"- Spock
Star Trek Into Darkness is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence.