First of all…This is not a pure Star Trek review!! This post is more about me rambling on about Benny than about Star Trek because this is the first time I got to see him in the big screen *swoon*
Out of all the actors I like, I think there are ONLY two actors that I admire for both their talent and their look, although not in the same level, they are, OF COURSE, Cillian Murphy and then Benedict Cumberbatch.
I like a lot of actors but not in the same way as these two. Take example of Sharlto Copley, I will watch every movie he is in it BUT he is hardly the type that makes me want to bite my fingers because he is too good looking. I also like Christian Bale with his amazing acting ability but he is also not going to make me gaga over his look. And then there is Keanu reeves, love seeing him but not the way he acts. What I am trying to say is, Both Cillian and Benny are the only actors that can mesmerized me with their acting ability and also their charming persona…However, Benny is still way behind my dearest Cillian 😉 (Sorry Ben, that Irishman is difficult to replace)
Benny has amazed me in Sherlock. And when I started collecting ALL his TV shows and Movies, he amazed me even more. I love his performance as young Stephen Hawking and he was so believable as British youngest prime minister in Amazing Grace and the annoying self conscious geek in Starter for 10. I guess all Benny’s fans should always be grateful to the people who had cast him as Sherlock because that show has shown us a hidden gem.
First, let’s talk about Star Trek Into Darkness
This movie is the first movie I saw in cinema in 2013! It seems that I have lost interest with mot movies that come out this year. I know, something is clearly wrong with me and my movie taste 😉
I used to watch Star Trek series in my younger years, I quite like it. However, when the first movie came out, I had no interest to see it…and when the talk of the second movie came out, I was still not interested…BUT when they picked Benedict Cumberbatch as the villain, I was more than ready to match myself to the cinema.
I watched it yesterday without ANY expectation (if the movie is good I get a bonus but if it isn’t, well the plan was after all to see Benny).
The movie was quite enjoyable…it’s been a while since I saw movie with interesting special effect. It started with something that caused Captain Kirk being released from his command on USS Enterprise. Meanwhile, the archive building of Starfleet was being blown away by a man named John Harrison. This bombing was the beginning of it all. John Harrison became most wanted terrorist but he had his reasons.
What Benny said about his character was so right! “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”
I think saying more than that will create spoiler, so I am going to stop there and will talk more about my reaction upon seeing it.
First, the fangirling part 😉 When I heard a voice saying “I can save her” I instantly changed my sitting position by moving a bit closer to the screen…but it was only his voice…and then when He finally showed up, I wanted to shout “That’s him!!” He looked STUNNING (Just look at the picture below and tell me he is not stunning?) I always like him more in black hair than his real hair color. I literally bit my finger to stop me from screaming. Seeing his face in that big screen and hearing his sexy voice from the loud speaker…heavenly!! The more he appeared the more amazing he became. It was like the first time I saw Keanu as Neo…totally mesmerizing!! Plus he kept his accent…I love his accent!
Now, it’s time to talk about his performance!
He was brilliant!!! He was once again transformed to a new character he had never done before. I have seen him as the annoying smart man, the wise sweet talk Prime minister, the man who slowly became cripple, the annoying geek, the patience writer…and now he became the bad ass villain. He was so evil in Star Trek. He could easily make us believed in everything he said and then hated his gut afterward. The way he spoke with perfect punctuation made him more persuasive. I know this might sound bias, but I honestly think that he made the movie better with his acting/performance.
How about the other actors?
I had my eyes on Spock (Zachary Quinto), I like the way he was portrayed there. I think Quinto Had delivered Spock really well. Spock who usually didn’t show any emotion started to crumble in the right manner, he didn’t overdo it. His love relationship with another officer was so sweet. I can easily say that he is my second favorite in Star Trek Into darkness.
And then there was Simon Pegg 🙂 What a treat to see him there. Glad to see he had an important role in this movie. I was a bit disappointed when he left the spaceship, fortunately he was still useful.
About the Captain, I am sorry I really can’t like him! He is just TOO cliché. A man destined to be someone great but now he was still reckless, a playboy and thought that he could beat anyone…in other word, I have seen this kind of character more than 100 times. I like his older version (William Shatner) in the series more.
The conclusion is I quite enjoy the movie, it was a good bonus (unlike when I watched In Time).
My rate for the movie is because it kept me glued even without Benny in it and the fact that we couldn’t really figure out Khan’s character straight away. But I gave a huge for Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance as John Harrison.
Director: J. J. Abrams
Producers: J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Karl Urban, John Cho, Alice Eve, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Peter Weller, Anton Yelchin
I love to see MORE Benny on big screen 🙂
Have you seen the movie? What do you think of it and of Benny?