Star Trek Into Darkness 11

I will loudly declare that I loved ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ all day long. We have had multiple reviews from the site now that agree with me.

The problem is not everyone is so happy with the movie. In fact, as much as it pains me to admit, the fans of the film on this site might just be in the minority out there. Well, let me rephrase that. We might be in the minority of the Trekkies out there who loved the film. Clearly it’s box office success argues that the majority of viewers agreed with us. However, at the largest ‘Star Trek’ convention out there this year, ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ was voted as the worst ‘Star Trek’ film to have been released to date. It was voted so low that a bonus non-Trek film of ‘Galaxy Quest’ ranked higher.

Well, color me astonished but I felt that I might have to turn in my Trekkie card. I mean even ‘Insurrection’ and ‘Nemesis’ were ranking higher than ‘Into Darkness’! How could I be so wrong?

Well fortunately it wasn’t long until Simon Pegg (‘The World’s End‘) defended the film by saying:

“And you know what … it absolutely isn’t the worst “Star Trek” movie. It’s asinine, you know? It’s ridiculous. And frustrating, as well, because a lot of hard work and love went into that movie, and all J.J. wanted to do was make a film that people really enjoyed. So, to be subject to that level of sort of, like, crass fucking ire, I just say fuck you. Not you, but the people who said that. It’s also that thing, as I say, that it hasn’t been around long enough. It’s the newest one. It’s the one people least recognize. If you look back at things you really love, there’s a big list: The things that you’ve got to re-watch and enjoy, they are going to be more up there. The thing that you know the least will be at the bottom. So it might be that, too, you know?

I felt a little better after that. Sure  Pegg was in the film but he’s clearly as much of a geek as the rest of us. He doesn’t appear to be the kind of actor who would just throw in and be on the bandwagon of positive vibes for his own film if he didn’t like it.

Embolded now, is someone else behind the creation of the film who has spoken out. One of the film’s writers, Roberto Orci (‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘) has followed Pegg’s lead and has chimed in with his own view. When asked about an article that called ‘Into Darkness’ the worst ‘Star Trek’ film ever after the convention he responded with:

“I think the article above is akin to a child acting out against his parents. Makes it tough for some to listen, but since I am a loving parent, I read these comments without anger or resentment, no matter how misguided.

Having said that, two biggest Star Treks in a row with best reviews is hardly a description of “broken.” And frankly, your tone and attidude make it hard for me to listen to what might otherwise be decent notions to pursue in the future. As I love to say, there is a reason why I get to write the movies, and you don’t.

STID has infinetly more social commentary than Raiders in every Universe, and I say that with Harrison Ford being a friend. You lose credibility big time when you don’t honestly engage with the [#@&!]-ING WRITER OF THE MOVIE ASKING YOU AN HONEST QUESTION. You prove the cliche of shitty fans. And rude in the process. So, as Simon Pegg would say: {#@&!] OFF!

So it looks as if those behind the movie are getting a little annoyed with the criticism. I can agree with that as I loved the film but I don’t think that means everyone has to follow in the footsteps of Mr. Pegg’s response.

All of that being said, I really do see both sides of the argument. There are pieces that ring true such as the fact that the film, while paying homage to the original ‘Star Trek’ wouldn’t have had an emotional impact without it. The friendships were created too quickly. The blu-ray lacks features that should be included. The film had gratuitous sexuality that didn’t need to be there. The film uses a recycled plot from a previous ‘Star Trek’ movie. The problem with all of those arguments is that the movie was still fun.

I don’t know. Maybe as I grow older I’m just entertained easier. What do you all say? Was ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ really the worst ‘Star Trek’ film to date or is there a lot of unnicesary fan hate going on?

Source: Blastr