So, I saw the 9 minutes of scenes before The Hobbit, and they were pretty exciting.
The color in the movie was really cool — as was the 3D effect used with the volcanic embers; I could almost feel and smell them (there were also 3D embers in The Hobbit, the 3D embers in Star Trek Into Darkness appear to be executed better).
Especially considering the name, I found this very encouraging. What I don’t want to see is Star Trek meets Dark City / Terminator Salvation / Colin Farrel Total Recall Remake — where everything is gray and complicated and noisy.
While the scenes didn’t introduce much “darkness,” they did show a lot of color and light, which leads me to think the film will contain a visual study in contrasts, and I always enjoy those.
As for the story, it didn’t really say anything. The scenes were pretty disposable, and they predictably gave each character one or two lines of “development” that were delivered with brassy old-school Hollywood framing and nailed really fast before moving on to something else. So there isn’t much to be said for the emotional life of the movie.
But the tableau of Spock meditating in the about-to-erupt volcano was pretty cool, even if I don’t really think Quinto’s Spock is nearly as cool with dying as he pretends to be.