First of all, it has a really complicated story that is sure to please Star Trek fans and new comers alike.
Second, the special effects are just incredible, and they set a new standard for crashing giant starships into cities like San Francisco.
Third, the dialog and character interplay is smooth, and it feels like you’re getting reacquainted with family and meeting some of them in a new way, like Carol Marcus (Alice Eve).
Fourth, for Star Trek fans, it elegantly meshes all of the recognizable parts of the iconic Star Trek Universe, from mentions of past characters like Nurse Chapel, to a Tribble, and Klingons and a really truly realistic rendition of Klingons in such a way as to spawn what may be the next Halloween costume fad.
Fifth, the storyline contains not one, but three plot points, and many unexpected scenes and an appearance from Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, or what the script calls “Spock Prime.”
There are many times you’ll laugh, almost cry, and definitely applaud. NFL Network anchor Rich Eisen had it right when he tweeted that it was why you go to the movies.
Just saw the new Star Trek. Holy. Freaking. Smokes. See it first chance you can. It’s why you go to the movies.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) May 15, 2013
Star Trek: Into Darkness contains one sure fire Academy Award Best Supporting Actor Nomination in Benedict Cumberbach, who plays John Harrison / Khan. And that had to be the sneakiest reintroduction of a character in movie history, after I insisted that John Harrison wasn’t Khan.
Talk about a head-fake. Didn’t see that one coming.