J.J. Abrams has done it again with this much anticipated summer sequel. The whole gang is back for this wild adventure in the Final Frontier along with another diabolical yet intriguing story line. The special and visual effects of this film were intricate and detailed so I can see why it took them four years to create this film but it definitely pays off. My favorite part of the special effects is when the Enterprise would blast off into space and the jet fuel left behind turned into a light blue and made a twinkling sound that reminded me of pixie dust. The hand to hand combat stunts made me white knuckle it a couple of times but these actors pulled them off flawlessly especially Spock and Kirk. There were a couple of very tense moments where I wasn’t sure if one of the beloved characters were going to make it or not, don’t worry I’m not going to spoil anything but they were tense. Of course there were funny moments to lighten the mood and one liners especially from McCoy who always has something to say. The actors do such an amazing job of staying true to the character as well as bringing a little something of their own to the table. Chris Pine shines as arrogant yet loyal James T. Kirk along with his right hand man Spock (Zachary Quinto), who brings a subtle vulnerability yet still kicks ass when he needs to. Sulu, Chekov, Bones and Uhura all seemed to have big parts in this film which made me happy because they all deserved some recognition for their roles as well. Scotty had to be my favorite in this one because Simon Pegg who is brilliant plays him so well as the slightly neurotic yet highly intelligent engineer who seems to always bail Kirk out of something. It was also nice to see the friendship between Kirk and Spock develop a little more even though they have differences they are extremely loyal to one another and it is displayed at the forefront of this film.
Now I must discuss the scariest and creepiest part of this film, Benedict Cumberbatch also known as Khan. Oh my goodness was this man terrifying. His demeanor, speech, body movement, intensity and ruthlessness made for one of the best villains I have ever seen. Benedict did an amazing job of being manipulative and genuine all in the same moment. It was hard not to believe that he had been a victim and was only trying to get revenge for his fallen crew. His façade pays off long enough before the you know what hits the fan and the whole Enterprise crew is in danger. I’m not going to give anything else away but this film has great fight sequences, moments that will make your muscles tighten, parts that will make you cringe, and scenes that will make you laugh, cry and cheer, what more could you ask for in a summer blockbuster. This film is a must see and buy. Live Long and Prosper.