STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS is getting the best reviews of all the early season blockbuster films, and I can see why.
The cinematography looks great; the familiar characters are well acted, and the rather complicated plot is actually driven by those characters.
Bottom line: This well made popcorn movie is fun to watch.
Not surprisingly, director J. J. Abrams gives us the thrilling action sequences we've come to expect of this franchise as well as the never ending conflict between rule breaker Captain Kirk played by Chris Pine and rule follower Spock played by Zchary Quinto. When Spock is set down into an erupting volcano on a distant planet, and the Federation says the Enterprise cannot be seen by the primitive locals (which would be necessary to rescue Spock), Kirk wants to disobey even though Spock tells him to get out of there.
Kirk: Spock, we're talking about your life!
Spock: The rule cannot be broken.
Kirk to Bones: If Spock were here (on the ship) and I were there (in the volcano), what would he do?
Bones: He'd let you die.
"What would you do?" type questions keep coming up in the new Star Trek along with even bigger questions about who can be trusted. How about the apparent villain, Kahn, played masterfully by Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes in the BBC TV series)?
It's refreshing to encounter moral dilemmas in the midst of warp speed, outer space adventures.
Kirk: I have no idea of what I'm supposed to do. I only know what I can do.
Big budget summer movies don't come any more enjoyable than this.
GEOGRAPHY CLUB is a very different kind of movie.
Girl: This isn't a geography club. we're like a secret support group.
Boy: For what?
Girl: For gay teens.
It's a polished new film about teenagers figuring out how to deal with their sexual identities.
GEOGRAPHY CLUB will be the opening night movie for the 24th annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival which runs Tuesday through Sunday mostly at the Doris Duke Theatre in the Honolulu Museum of Art.
Two actors from the film will attend the 8 PM screening this Tuesday: Cameron Deane Stewart who plays Russell, a 16 year old who still goes out with girls even though he's secretly dating the quarterback of the football team and Alex Newell from the TV show GLEE, who plays a young man not quite sure if he's gay or straight.
The Rainbow Film Festival will show 18 feature films and nine shorts. To watch trailers for the films and buy tickets visit the festival web site at hglcf.org.
Terry Hunter, Hawaii News Now.