Scotty would be pleased, as the first reviews that are coming in for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness are beaming. (We can’t help ourselves!) Following the same route of Iron Man 3—which saw great success—Abrams’ sequel in the Trek canon opened overseas before hitting screens in North America. Which means critics abroad have started weighing in. But please, no spoilers.
Andrew Pulver at London-based The Guardian gave the film four out of five stars, saying: “Abrams also maintains the glistening visuals of his earlier film; Into Darkness is slathered in so much lens flare it looks like a Kylie Minogue video.” As massive fans of the Australian queen of pop, compliments don’t get much higher than this.
Another UK outlet, Total Film, also praises the visuals, noting: “J.J. Abrams embraces the chance to slip the leash in part two of his mission to make Trek viable, vibrant, cool again.” They are slightly more reserved, however, going on to point out “dialogue often gave into gobbledegook.” Please, it’s called Treknobabble.
Empire Online rated the film “excellent” with four stars and compared it to Raiders of the Lost Ark. Calling Into Darkness a tightly wound “manhunt” film, they do note Abrams nods to Gene Roddenberry’s original, but with mixed results: “some [references] are smart and subtle, others feel blatant and misjudged, and might send the hardcore seeking kolinahr.”
Thus far, this summer’s blockbuster offerings are looking promising. Could this be another legendary summer like 1982, which saw E.T., Wrath of Khan, and Conan?