May 16th is Liz’s birthday, and a day that I traditionally take off work. We send the kids off to school and normally hit some local place for breakfast together.
This year we went to Parker & Otis in Durham and had a good yarn and a dose of eggs before driving out to Southpoint to watch the new Star Trek Into Darkness movie on iMAX 3D.
I enjoyed the 2009 installation of Star Trek and I was excited to see the actor from BBC Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) playing a role in the new movie. In fact I think in these last two movies they have done a great job at casting altogether.
I usually do like J.J. Abrams work, but sometimes I feel that while he starts off great, he is not so good at bringing things to a conclusion – at least to my satisfaction. I’m still mad at how he concluded Alias, and then there was LOST – don’t get me started on that ending.
I have no such complaints about this movie. I loved the character development and the story from start to finish and it was well worth the extra dollars to watch on the bigger screen. The sets and special effects were excellent and convincing. I don’t usually bother with 3D versions, but I think they made good use of it here.
We decided it wasn’t suitable for our kids though. Normally I’ll let my kids watch PG-13 movies (Liz and I vet them first), but there were a couple of short scenes in the movie we wouldn’t want them to see, and there was also a good bit of bad language.
After seeing what J.J. Abrams can do with something like this, I’m really looking forward to (hopefully) the redemption of the Star Wars franchise, if this movie is anything to go off.