Star Trek Into Darkness last weekend. We both really enjoyed the recent reboot and went in expecting to enjoy this one. I know there has been a little bit of polarization with regards to the franchise reboot. Some die hard Trekkies are up in arms about the changes and updates. But many (most?) of the Star Trek fans I know have really enjoyed this updated take and overall they're excited for fun new adventures in this universe with characters and concepts they've loved.
I intentionally tried to avoid spoilers before going to see this film and I will try to keep my comments spoiler free. That said, from watching the trailers I had a pretty good guess who the villain would be. I just wasn't sure how they were going to bring that villain in or what it would mean for the story. As the plot unfolded, I found myself drawn in and a little surprised at the direction things were going but then chuckled and settled down to a bit of deja vu. There is actually a fair amount of intentional misdirection in the plot as they try to make you uncertain of who to trust and why and about what. I really enjoyed the fact that the plot was more than just a bunch of all out battles sequences but rather had some nuances and subtle twists and manipulation. At the same time, I was left wanting a little bit more at moments.
Sherlock. He does a fabulous job. I wasn't sure what he would be like in a sci-fi adventure movie. I can say that he did a great job. His action sequences were fun and exciting. His slower paced character driven sequences were very good as well and reminded me in some ways of the psychologically intense character he plays as Sherlock. I was a little unsure of his character at first and the way the movie plays out they keep you wondering for quite some time. I really felt like Cumberbatch did a great job with the part. I really hope we start seeing him in more movies on "this side of the pond."
3.5 out of 5 stars