It's been quite a while since I updated anything here. Since I went to see the new Trek film today, and since I have to be very careful what I write on Facebook because my friends who love these movies might get a little ticked off, I'm putting my impressions here.
I did like some things, and enjoyed it more than the first one. One of my friends said to treat it like fanfic, and that helped. I liked Simon Pegg and the music. Maybe some other things.
Now, on to the rest of it.
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For some reason it started with an homage to Raiders of the Lost Arc. I guess that's the next franchise Abrams is going for.
What's up with Kirk's lips? Does collagen injections make them really, really pink?
I see they cut Benedict's shower scene. But not Carol's underwear model pose.
But now to my biggest problem with the piece. At first I thought they could get away with Cumberbatch if he only said the name. It could be a tribute to James Caan. But no, they spelled it out on screen. Khan. And as much as I love our Sherlock, he's whiter than Vanilla Ice. Then old Spock (WTF is he doing here?) called him Khan Noonian Singh. So, yes, he is supposed to be the character played by Ricardo Montalban in Space Seed, a North Indian, probably a Sikh as he is referred to on the series. No, Montalban isn't Indian either, but neither were many Hollywood actors in the sixties. There are now.
Khan was a fascinating character, who took over the crew but was defeated by love. A type of romantic anti-hero. In Wrath of Khan he had reasons for hating Kirk, pretty good ones, actually. In this film, Khan is, if you pardon the expression, a black and white villain.
I started giggling uncontrollably when he said "My name is Khan." That's an excellent film with Shahrukh Khan, and the entire line in the film is "My name is Khan, and I am not a terrorist." Irony.
I almost started laughing when Spock yelled out "Khaaaaaaaaaaaan!" but I threw my hoodie over my head and stuffed the fabric in my mouth. Kirk did Spock's part, Spock did Kirk's part - fan fiction indeed. And not the good kind.