As the summer movie-going season gets underway with next week’s release of Marvel’s Iron Man 3, it will be only three more weeks until Star Trek Into Darkness hits theaters. Needless to say, anticipation is high for the new movie. Although Star Trek Into Darkness hasn’t opened in the States yet, the movie recently had its world premiere in Sydney, Australia. Reviews of the Trek sequel have been pouring in, and the early buzz is mostly positive.
IGN gives Into Darkness an 8 out of 10 rating. Lucy O’Brien says of the film, “it may not be the most sophisticated of sci-fi spectacles you’ll see this year, Into Darkness will certainly be one of the most fun.” O’Brien continues:
Star Trek Into Darkness is a hell of a lot of fun, maintaining such constant velocity that by the time you’ve half-formed a criticism in your head it’s swept away by the next plot-twist or action sequence. It still has that urgency that made the first film so appealing, those big, optimistic messages of right vs wrong in a world at war.
Not all of the early word is quite that glowing, however. Graffiti With Punctuation is somewhat less enthusiastic about the sequel, but still gives it a 3.5 out of 5 stars. Writer Blake Howard says:
Star Trek Into Darkness isn’t ready to stretch to the unknown pockets of the universe just yet; instead it relishes in the evolution of the key characters in the wake of their defining challenge. It’s a rousing adventure and Abrams has laid the platform for a healthy and long lasting franchise.
Finally, David Farrier from 3News praises Into Darkness the most of all the early reviewers. Farrier, who watched the film with the head of the Australian Star Trek fan club, loved the latest entry in the Star Trek franchise. Farrier says:
As dark as it is, it’s fun. You could liken J.J.’s Trek films to the Iron Man films, although again, this is darker territory here — a perfect blend of action, humanity and humour. At one moment, I became annoyed by Bones’ puns — one rolling in after another. The moment I had that thought, Kirk interrupts, telling Bones he’ll boot him off the ship if he continues.
We will find out in a few weeks whether or not Star Trek Into Darkness will live up to the hype, but the news coming out of Australia definitely sounds encouraging.
Star Trek Into Darkness will hit theaters everywhere on May 17th, in 3D and IMAX. You can watch the film’s latest trailer below: