Friday, 17 May 2013

Monday, 13 May 2013

Star Trek: Into Darkness and Iron Man 3, 3D Film Review

Star Trek: Into Darkness 3D (12A)

Director : JJ Abrahms

I would like to start with whether this movie offers us a cinematic model of either a) many worlds interpretation or b) multiverse (parellel universe) factoring in age and 'Trekkieness' of the observer.
If you are of a certain age and can remember the original tv series, let alone the movies, several spin off series and the preceding movie to this one, then I postulate you probably experience a many world interpretation while sitting in the darkness of the cinema or to put it in other words, a moment of modal Trekkie realism. If, on the other hand, you are new to the universe of all that is Star Trek (and it would greatly help to see the previous movie to this one beforehand to grasp the idea) then you are more likely to view the movie as a model of a parallel Star Trek universe.

With that in mind, it is great to be plunged headlong into the continuing adventures of the Enterprise and its crew. There is much to love about this movie, eye-popping 3D special effects, broad sweeping views of a future universe, lovely links to the rich history of Star Trek (Tribbles, Dr. Carol Marcus, overheating reactors...), hints of what could happen in future episodes (whether mega-movie or tv series) and a cast that have defined their characters without overstepping that fine line between re-interpretation and pastiche. The plot is easier on the old brain cells than the first outing of this franchise reboot. Benedict Cumberbatch effortlessly plays a megalomaniac terrorist with a hidden agenda to that of his paymaster and Kirk (Chris Pine) and his crew find themselves trying to stop not only his acts of terrorism but also tiptoe around the Klingons without triggering a full-scale war.
The only criticism is a technical one, on some of the scenes, shots of the characters scale against each other was bizarrely distorted, whether an effect of the 3D filming process or deliberate I'm not sure but distracting all the same from the dialogue. You don't have to be a Trekkie or a Cumberbunny to boldly go and enjoy this movie, a great early-summer blockbuster that does live up to its hype. A high five out of five stars.


Iron Man 3 3D (12A)

Director: Shane Black 
Website: Iron Man 3

Too much suit, too much sexism and too much sniping between Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) makes this third installment of the Marvel franchise feel much too long. It is saved by a stonklingly brilliant Sir Ben Kingsley who steals the film and makes it worth sitting through just for his performance. It will be interesting to see what the upcoming Thor and Superman superhero films will have to offer in comparison.  Three out of five stars.