January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #48 of the 49.
Let’s continue with…
“Attention: John Harrison. This is Captain Hikaru Sulu of the USS Enterprise. A shuttle of highly trained officers is on its way to your location. If you do not surrender to them immediately, I will unleash the entire payload of advanced long-range torpedoes currently locked on to your location. You have two minutes to confirm your compliance. Refusal to do so will result in your obliteration. And If you test me, you will fail.” – Sulu
“Mr. Sulu, remind me never to piss you off.” – Bones
Initial Viewing Memories – After having to wait four years for the second installment of this franchise, I went to see this opening night and couldn’t believe how amazing it was.
Number of Times Seen – 8 (Theater on 23 Jun 2013, 1 Sep 2013, 5 Nov 2014, 3 Mar 2016, 28 Aug 2016, 8 Feb 2018, 10 Sep 2019 and 30 Jan 2022)
Brief Synopsis – Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew must try and stop a renegade agent from starting a war with the Klingons.
My Take on it – The best things about the second movie in a franchise it that usually, the characters don’t need to be introduced and the story can start right away.
This movie is a perfect example of that notion.
The crew of the Enterprise is already comprised of characters that we know from the previous film and the way that they have such amazing chemistry here helps keep things flowing so well even when they are just bickering with one another.
The story here runs in some ways parallels to events from previous incarnations of the series, yet they still manage to update and tweak things enough that it makes sense that that’s the direction they will go.
Benedict Cumberbatch is great as the villain and brings so much to that role.The friendship between Kirk and Spock is deepened in this movie and that is so enjoyable to watch happen.
The dialogue is witty and filled with both profound and funny parts along the way.
The action works really well throughout and is able to use special effects to enhance things along the way.
The updated music also helps keep the story moving with great momentum and freshness as things unfold rapidly along the way.
It’s too bad that the next installment of the film wasn’t able to keep the level high enough but that also has to do with the very high bar set with this film.
Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Benedict Cumberbatch’s character was not revealed to the actor until a week after he was cast. A studio representative flew to London from Los Angeles with the script handcuffed to his wrist. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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