Star Trek Into Darkness
Much like his 2009 reboot, J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness is the popcorniest popcorn blockbuster that modern Hollywood is able to pop.
The director has cracked the code for well-calibrated summer-movie thrills … which means that Into Darkness peaks and valleys like an amusement park roller-coaster ride. It’s fast. It’s fun. It’s frivolous. It’s essentially everything you want your summer blockbusters to be.
But will your kids dig it?
Well, there’s enough eye candy on display here to give your corneas cavities.
Abrams’ two Star Trek movies are the kinds of movies that parents who grew up on Spielberg and Lucas’ finest want to share with our kids. We want them to revel in Kirk’s cocksure heroism, to associate with Spock’s (Zachary Quinto) logical approach to complicated situations. We want them to marvel at the sets Abrams and his creative team are able to conjure – physical sci-fi stages housing some of the most remarkable action set pieces you’re able to see in movie theaters in 2013.
There are plenty of lessons to chew over in Into Darkness, as well, though probably not as many weighty sci-fi conflicts as die-hard Trekkies are used to absorbing. Abrams and his screenwriters spotlight admirable traits in Kirk, specifically, that bear repeating with our kids. Through his mentorship with Capt. Pike (Bruce Greenwood) and his deepening relationships with his Enterprise crew – Spock, in particular – Kirk learns how to lead by example in times of crisis, how to make sacrifices for the benefit of those he loves, and how to respect authority.
Kids who absorb those character traits at a young age are bound to live long and prosper.
The language in Star Trek Into Darkness earns the film its PG-13 rating, though. The most destructive violence is either kept offscreen (the explosion in London), or toned down for sci-fi effect while managing to stay un-bloody.
Star Trek Into Darkness will appeal to kids of all ages, but will have its greatest impact on young teens. The film’s questionable elements aren’t dealbreakers. Abrams, in the back of his mind, understands that these event movies should be for everyone (without sacrificing the overall story). I think that despite the “darkness” in the title, this can be an engaging summer-blockbuster romp for several family members