Nicholas Meyer directed ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan‘ and while he has been quiet in his opinion of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness,‘ he has now recently opened up about the film. The second installment of the “Star Trek” soft reboot which was released in 2013 brought a new iteration to much of Meyer’s work on one of the fan-favorite films from the original series of all time. However, the director hasn’t been speaking up much on if he felt the Kelvin timeline version of the story had done justice to his iconic work or not.
Meyer was recently interviewed on the Midnight’s Edge YouTube series by Tom Connors and asked about it. While he enjoyed many of the references to his film, it was quite clear that he wasn’t impressed with the end result:
“In my sort of artistic worldview, if you’re going to do an homage, you have to add something. You have to put another layer on it, and they didn’t. Just by putting the same words in different characters’ mouths didn’t add up to anything, and if you have someone dying in one scene and sort of being resurrected immediately after there’s no real drama going on. It just becomes a gimmick or gimmicky, and that’s what I found it to be ultimately.”
With so much of the impact of Spock’s death in the original film stemming from having seen the television series and first movie, the emotional effect of this only being the second movie in the rebooted universe felt hollow in comparison. It didn’t help that J.J. Abrams shot down every rumor that Benedict Cumberbatch was going to play Khan only for that to end up being true leaving many fans feeling as if they had been lied to.
Do you agree with Nicholas Meyer that ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ didn’t add new to ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’? Did you enjoy both movies or do you prefer one over the other? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Trek Movie