Someone should introduce JJ Abrams to subtlety

Star Trek Into Darkness poster

Oh, and blowing up a whole city really isn’t nearly as big a deal as just one guy dying. And no, Kirk “dying” wasn’t sad at all. Sorry, but no.

So I know the lens flares get all the attention, but there’s another lingering problem in every J. J. Abrams piece I have thus far seen. It’s that he doesn’t know how to make it subtle.

Star Trek: Into Darkness (there should be a colon there, dammit) is a prime example. Bigger and dumber than its prequel, and much bigger and much, much dumber than the original movie it was modifying, it was speeding the whole time. Even the slow moments way back in the beginning were rushed, despite the pains Abrams must have gone through to make it as slow as it was.

There was one particular moment that was the most glaring, which was the bomb defusing scene; Bones sticks his arm into the machine, and it snaps shut. There was a big noise and musical crescendo to tell the audience it was scary, because if that hadn’t happened, we wouldn’t know any better. The story itself isn’t tense enough for us to care, so he has to throw in some loud noises all over the place to make it scarier. And it just doesn’t work.

I have other problems with these new movies as well, but I think I’d be able to accept it as a fun romp. The action isn’t inherently bad, but it consists of 95% of the film, and doesn’t allow for any sort of buildup. When you’re running through each and every scene as quickly as you can, with just a cursory quiet moment here and there, it’s way too much.

Someone should tell J. J. Abrams that even Spinal Tap only crank it up to 11 for special occasions.



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