Ha! I knew I spied Naevia in there, as seen in Spartacus Vengeance and War of the Damned. I knew I wasn't going mad.
You're exactly right. I've avoided seeing 3D films when I go up to Bristol to see friends as I've decided 3D is only really worth it if there's a big enough screen (i.e. IMAX). IMAX 2D > 2D ≥ IMAX 3D > 3DSeeing this Thursday. I'm not a fan of 3D, so I take it a 2D showing is worthwhile seeing as it's only a post conversion and IMAX3D is not an option in Bristol?
For all of the issues that I have with the film,I disagree with pretty much all your criticisms in the spoiler section. I enjoyed all the things that annoyed you, but that's just personal preference. I did want to raise one point of order:
Ricardo Montalbán's parents were both Spanish, which makes him just as Caucasian as Cumberbatch but with a deeper tan...
You are officially spoiled if you read below, NO COMPLAINTS!
Up front I will say I enjoyed this latest Star Trek movie a lot. It was super noisy, but enjoyable, beautifully executed, and I particularly like some of the secondary characters, Spock was excellent, etc etc. I just want to share an observation that stuck with me:
Where are the women? The strong women? The women wed like to see in 200 years? Where are they in this world? They certainly arent around the roundtable when the Starfleet are learning about Khan (there might have been one in that scene, if so that extra was not cut to in any significant manner to be notable.) In the scene where Kirk gets his ship back and the admiral is having a meeting with important people around a table later, I failed to see ONE WOMAN AROUND THAT TABLE, ALL MOSTLY WHITE MEN IMPLIED TO BE MAKING IMPORTANT DECISIONS TOGETHER. Yes, these are just scenes with extras, but seriously, in the future not one woman over 40 is in charge in this world?! How can that happen?
For main characters, Uhura had a FEW nice scenes (as a vehicle to humanize Spock mostly), but that other woman character was the WORST damsel in distress ever. I kept waiting for her turn, waiting for her to not be the victim, to be a bit cleverer, to add to the equation in a yeah you go girl way but no, she was there to be sufficiently sexy that Kirk would acknowledge her existence, to be pretty, to serve the plot. I loved her bob. Thats it. What if she had been a less attractive woman, older, overweight? A tomboy? Wouldnt have that been a tad more interesting choice? Or at least give her a moment where shes not a princess waiting to be saved. From a director who is so amazing, who created wonderful female characters in Alias and Felicity, I was super bummed by this. A woman character CAN exist without having to be sexually desired by the guy. Oh, and she doesnt have to be a lesbian either, OMG WHAT A SURPRISING IDEA!
I dont know if Im extra sensitive about this issue or what, but I dont think so, its a trend in media today. When I walk into the theater, I see men on posters. Mostly white men, the same men we see over and over in movies. Seth Rogen, Owen Wilson, Brad Pitt etc. Where did the women go? We are telling people that only men are worth centering storytelling around, and thats just ********. And the problem is we unconsciously define the world and our culture through media. These things are subliminal, we absorb them, they formulate the given that influences peoples life choices. It might be a little thing on the surface, but this stuff is what prevents women from being as interested in math, or business people or tech etc. Where are the examples of women in media to strive for, to make that stuff seem possible? I dont see many. And that makes me sad.
People ask me why I dont like Disney cartoons (edit: Except for Brave ), I say, Think of a princess. Tell me three adjectives that come to mind. Now do that with a prince. Now do that with the phrase, leading character. We will all probably align around a lot of common ideas, Princess: taken care of, rescued, pretty dresses. Prince: adventurer, proving himself, manhood, Leading Character: chiseled white guy in his thirties, rockin body, girlfriend in peril.
I dunno about you, but its kind of boring to see the same thing over and over again. So I guess, rambling away from the Star Trek thing, if youre creating something, think of the first three adjectives that come to mind, then: Do something different. Its time to invent new cliches. For all of us, please.