Early reviews for Star Trek into Darkness are emerging and the reviews are good.
Excerpts from several reviews appear below, and there are no spoilers for those trying to avoid them ahead of the movie release.
“The revived Star Trek films are shaping up to be the opposite of Christopher Nolan‘s Batman tales in that they’re light on bleakness and attitude,” said Time Out‘s Dave Calhoun. “There are enough gags (Simon Pegg is fun again as Scotty) and wit (the tension between Kirk and Spock is winning) between darker bouts of space fighting and ship-saving to keep the mood airy and unpretentious.”
“Director J.J. Abrams has followed up his sensational 2009 Star Trek reboot with a sparkling 3D sequel,” said The Guardian‘s Andrew Pulver. “People are unlikely to charge out of the cinema with quite the same level of glee as they did in 2009; but this is certainly an astute, exhilarating concoction.”
“If this is Abrams’ final frontier, he has left Star Trek in a good place, both in the fictional universe and as a franchise,” said Ian Freer of Empire. “In some sense, the title is misleading. Into Darkness is a blast, fun, funny, spectacular and exhilarating. The rule of great even-numbered Trek movies continues.”
Total Film‘s Matthew Leyland calls the movie “fantastic fun,” although “at a certain point, peril-fatigue starts to creep in.
“Abrams’ aim with Into Darkness was to mint a standalone adventure, one that welcomed total Trek neophytes at the door. Mission accomplished.”
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