Dennis D. McDonald (ddmcd@outlook.com) is an independent consultant located in Alexandria Virginia. His services and capabilities are described here. Application areas include project, program, and data management; market assessment, digital strategy, and program planning; change and content management; social media; and, technology adoption. Follow him on Google+. He also publishes on CTOvision.com and aNewDomain.

J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS

J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS

Movie Review by Dennis D. McDonald

Having grown up reading the science fiction of Clarke, Heinlein, and Asimov, the original Star Trek TV series always seemed unsophisticated and juvenile. Then after 2001: A Space Odyssey hit the theaters, expectations of visual science fiction changed dramatically. Cardboard sets and blinking lights now seemed laughable.

I did enjoy the later Star Trek movies and TV series a lot more. Wrath of Khan was a high point, along with the dark politics of Deep Space Nine. So, having had mixed feelings about the first Star Trek “reboot,”  I came to After Darkness with lowered expectations.

I’ve grown tired of grandiose special-effects, spectacular battles, and city level devastation. I do enjoy strong characters, innovative storylines, and excellent production values. Unfortunately, Into Darkness fails on the first two counts. 

Basically, I see the original Star Trek characters is already being stylized and caricatured. We have expectations of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and the others already formed. These expectations are inevitably shaped by how the original cast played these characters. But now we have a new set of actors playing the same (sort of) characters, and I don’t envy them their tasks; how far can they go with injecting their own contributions into these “reimagined” characters?

I think I would feel a bit more engaged with the movie were all this effort on display here dedicated to creating something new. But it isn’t. Abrams and staff are straddling the line and “reimagining” something that wasn’t always original to begin with.

Let’s have something new for a change!

Movie review copyright (c) 2013 by Dennis D. McDonald

Marc Forster's WORLD WAR Z

Marc Forster's WORLD WAR Z

Rupert Sanders' SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

Rupert Sanders' SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN