I’m about an hour from going to an 11:59pm showing of J.J. Abrams second go at directing a ‘Star Trek’ film, so I couldn’t HELP but gaze through Google, looking for any and every review I could find, to see what the critics are saying. Well, before I, myself go “Into Darkness,” I go with high expectations; because the critics love this movie.
Currently, Rotten Tomatoes has a 95% favorability score among all critics measured, so far, with a 91% “liked it” score from early audience polling.
From the L.A. Times:
So many things are done right that even with the bombast, “Into Darkness” is the best of this summer’s biggies thus far. It’s a great deal of brash fun, and it should satisfy all those basic Trekkie cravings.
From Fox News: (entertainment; the only reason to tune in to Fox News, after all..)
“Into Darkness” eclipses the first film in a rare occurrence of a sequel bettering its predecessor, though missing are those sensations of grandeur and stargazing as Kirk, Bones and Spock experience space and the Starfleet for the first time. Having all of that already established, Abrams instead fashions a hardboiled action-thriller, putting the film in full-throttle from the get go, grabbing the audience by the jugular and refusing to let go until the end credits roll.
J.J. Abrams has delivered a true follow-up in nearly every way imaginable – successfully exploring the iconic characters and expanded universe of his alternate timeline. The film is bigger and more personal than its predecessor, presenting another fun Trek adventure with captivating character drama that draws from the foundation established in the 2009 reboot (not to mention larger Star Trek mythos). The result is another bold voyage for the Starship Enterprise – one that will likely wow most moviegoers (even if it irks a few die-hard Trekkies).
But Abrams’ second outing with the franchise, Star Trek Into Darkness, is, if anything, even more entertaining than the first one. Even as it calls back to Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (also the second film in the series), it charts new territory, utilizing old memes and new technology in a story that keeps unwrapping itself like a set of nesting dolls.