Loved Jaylah. Loved Kirk's opening log. Loved Spock/Bones. Loved the planet's look. Loved the "distraction". Loved Sabotage. Loved the Nemoy tribute. Loved seeing Anton again this year.
The fisticuffs were just alright. The opening act is just alright. Uhura's total amount of screentime is just alright. Idris Elba's villain is just alright.
Nothing BAD though. No nonsensical original canon villain reveal. No half naked ladies just to have half naked ladies. No huge plot holes. No magic blood that makes all future installments meaningless. So this is definitely an improvement in my book.
The use of this very funny cast is all over the place. Leslie Jones is given a lot to work with and does well. Kate McKinnon is not given a lot to work with and milks it for as many laughs as possible. Kristen Wiig is not given a whole lot to do and is fine. Melissa McCarthy is given absolutely nothing to do. Chris Hemsworth is goofy but enjoyable. There are many moments that I watched and realized they…
Not a film that ever feels scary, but I left the cinema uneasy anyway. The mood is masterfully set, as always, by David Fincher and his frequent collaborators Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The score and lighting can turn scenes that seem straight out of a romantic comedy into something foreboding. But this film isn't afraid to be funny either. It is definitely Fincher's most comical work and dark humor seems to be something he can do very well.