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Victorian Squid wrote:Star Trek Into Darkness, what a crap pile. Watching the dude play Spock makes you feel like you've gone to a Star Trek drag show, it's cosplayer-level bad. I had pretty low expectations, but this still left me a little stunned and depressed at how shoddy these CGI driven films are.
I thought STID was a decent movie, but not a good Star Trek movie.
Traditionally, whether in the original series, or any of the spin-offs (TNG, DS9, etc), Star Trek has always been a cerebral show. Yes there are action scenes here and there, a fight between Kirk and a Gorn or Riker and a Borg. But the show was always more like a mystery than an action show. More often than not it was about how to solve a problem without getting into a fight (like the "Corbomite Maneuver"). Whatever else may have been true of Star Trek, before Abrams came along, it was never a movie where you had to completely turn your brain off to enjoy it.
Now, I don't mind movies where you have to turn your brain off to enjoy them. Some of my favorite movies are mindless action flicks. But up to this point, whatever other flaws individual movies or episodes may have had, Star Trek was never mindless.
Unfortunately, this isn't just Star Trek. It's a general pattern of movies today. Dramatically increase the mindless action sequences and CGI stuff, and cut down (or completely remove) all drama and character interaction. People seem to love it, and reward it at the box office, so companies keep doing it.
The part I find most hilarious is that when they take an older franchise like Star Trek or Superman that has never been about mindless action and they make it so, they call it "updating" the franchise. It's like "updating" is code for taking all the thinking parts out of a story.