Star Trek Into Darkness-Red Carpet Premiere and Review!

Yay, shop I can finally post my review and experiences for Star Trek Into Darkness. I wanted to post it right away but, well, I went to the red carpet premiere on Tuesday and the movie didn’t release til Thursday night so…I didn’t want to ruin anything. Or get in trouble. I mean, I didn’t need people tracking me down, and tackling me to the ground because I wrote about the movie before it premiered. 

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Not that I think that would actually happen. 

And I try to keep my reviews of ANYTHING as spoiler free as I possibly can. 

But I was lucky enough to be able to have a really cool experience this week. On Tuesday, i was able to head down to the Dolby Theater in Hollywood to attend the gray carpet (not red, gray!) premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness

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We headed down to Hollywood and Highland fairly early before the premiere, though my dear friends Sylvia and Marla had arrived at 9 am to gain us a good spot in line :) Myself, Tatiana, Megan, Gabriella and my sister, Jessica, joined them later in the day, prepared for a good time. 

When they started to let us in for the gray carpet premiere, we actually got to walk on the gray carpet which was pretty cool. I wish I had gotten some pictures of that part but I had turned my phone off in order to conserve battery so I could take pictures of all the cool celebs, but it was pretty rocking. Fans that were standing along the barricades on the sidewalks of Hollywood Blvd were waving and blowing kisses our way. It was pretty awesome :) 

We were able to get a free Star Trek shirt, which was super badass. I love free nerd swag!

Once we were all settled and waited for a bit, the celebrities arrived :) 

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Leonard Nimoy, the original Spock, and his wife

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Chris Pine, who plays Captain Kirk

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Zachary Quinto who plays Spock. I LOVE the look that his publicist (?) is giving. 

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A blurry picture of Karl Urban. He plays Bones in the movie, but it was also cool to see him because he plays Eomer in Lord of the Rings

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John Cho who plays Sulu.

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Zoe Saldana who plays Uhura in the movie. So pretty :) 

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Bruce Greenwood, who plays Christopher Pike

 

 

 

 

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The very beautiful Alice Eve, who plays Carol Marcus in the movie. 

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J.J. Abrams, the director of Star Trek, and soon to be the director of the new Star Wars movie. 

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Megan, myself, Tatiana, Sylvia and Gabriella, the girls of iFandoms Collide. You can watch our video below! 

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We made it onto the KTLA 5 news! Probably because we were flirting with the reporter, Doug Kolk, the ENTIRE time haha. 

Then we got to watch the movie, in 3D, no less. I also went and saw the movie again yesterday with the boyfriend so I am adequately capable of writing a review ;)

The movie sort of picks up where the last one left off: Captain Kirk and his crew are out in the galaxy aboard the Enterprise, exploring new planets and recording information on new species, doing exactly what Starfleet is meant to do. When Captain Kirk gets caught breaking a rule, he is demoted to first officer and Captain Pike takes over…that is until John Harrison, commander in Starfleet, attacks the Archives and then proceeds to attack a meeting of Starfleet commanders and first officers. Kirk is reinstated to the Enterprise and sent across the galaxy, after Harrison, to kill him. However, when he finds him, Harrison tells his own side of the story and suddenly, Kirk isn’t too sure what’s right and wrong, and who is really telling the truth. 

The Bad:

There isn’t a whole lot of bad to this movie, in my personal opinion. Some of the reviews I read had issues with Benedict Cumberbatch as the villain but I loved him. I do think that the movie had a bit of a cheese factor going on. I do think some of the moments that were meant to be emotional just ended up being cheesy. I also do think the ending was a bit cheesy. I’m trying to explain that without ruining the movie for anyone who has not seen it yet haha. I think it was a great movie but there were moments that were a *bit* over the top. 

The Good:

This movie was SO good. It had the right mix of action and emotion and laughter and drama and all of that. I get bored with most action movies because its all just action and I want to fall asleep. I love when there are jokes, and emotional depths to an action movie. I love seeing the relationship between Uhura and Spock, especially their little couple spat while on the way to track down Harrison. I loved seeing the friendship between Spock and Kirk grow, especially since Spock is so funny, with his logical ways. And Zachary Quinto just makes a damn good Spock. The actors all get into their character perfectly.

And they really create a story full of relatable and likable characters that makes a Star Wars fan like myself want to watch the old Star Trek shows. The characters are all ones that you end up liking. Even the smaller characters like Scotty (Simon Pegg), Sulu (John Cho), and Chekov (Anton Yelchin) were easy to like and easy to root for. 

I also disagree with the reviews I read. I thought Benedict Cumberbatch made a good villain, especially since the story of him as a villain is a bit more twisted than you would first believe. I think its his voice. He has that deep, sexy, rumbling voice. As soon as I heard that voice on screen, I was like, “agh, that’s my Sherlock!” He makes a formidable character, if not exactly the perfect villain, because of his ability to spout of monologues that show deep intelligence, especially with that deep voice. He does the same sort of thing in Sherlock but in Sherlock he’s the good guy. 

I also liked the story. As I said before, I love action movies. I do like action. This is what draws me to movies and books that are science fiction and fantasy and dystopian because of the action and the badass fights we get to see. But I also like action with a complexity, with a story that’s full of emotions and drama and politics and things like that and Star Trek Into Darkness definitely accomplishes that. You get enough of action, romance, humor, drama, mystery and all of that in just one movie. It leaves you wanting more and more as the movie goes along. According to Wikipedia (I know, not the most reputable of sources but still), there is a plan for this series to be a trilogy and I am definitely all for that. The movie ended on a note that makes you want more. Hopefully we will not have to wait very long :)

Rating:

4 out of 5 stars. Nearly perfect. 

Recommended or Not?

Definitely. Go see it. Even if you’re anti-Star Trek, I really do think you’ll enjoy it. I am a Star Wars fan not a Star Trek fan and I absolutely enjoyed the movie. 

And it was an absolutely fantastic time at the premiere. It was my second premiere ever and now I’m dying to go to all kinds of premieres. I am definitely going to make my way into the City of Bones, Catching Fire, and Divergent premieres. 

Don’t forget to check out the iFandoms Collide’s vlog, highlighting our time at the premiere!

Have you seen Star Trek Into Darkness yet? What did you think? As always, let me know in the comments!

 

Book of the Week-Throne of Glass

Hello everyone :) Welcome to this week’s Book of the Week. I have to tell you, there I read three new books this week and it was kind of hard to narrow it down to just one to review for this week. I chose this one because it most fits what I usually review and its awesome but I’m thinking…

Should I maybe do a video blog occasionally? Maybe like, “Sara’s Quick Picks“, and I’ll profile the other books I read that week that don’t make it to the Book of the Week? It’d be like…quick reviews of the other books? What do you guys think? Let me know!

Anyway, I saw this book all over GoodReads and people were talking about it and Im like, I need to get on this train and I added it to my “to-read” list. Then I went shopping at Barnes and Noble last week to pick up some books to get signed at the Ontario Teen Book Fest and I saw this sitting on the shelf and was like “LOOK AT THAT COOL COVER!” and immediately grabbed it off the shelf.

And read in a couple days, as per usual. Its a very good book, but I’ll tell you all about it below :) Check out this week’s Book of the Week!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Genre:
young adult, fantasy

Part of a Series?:
The first book in the Throne of Glass series. The second, Crown of Midnight, will be released this summer!

You May Like if You Liked:
Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce, The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima, Kristin Cashore’s Graceling

Plot Summary:

Celaena was trained from the age of 8 to become an assassin, and she becomes the most feared assassin of them, until she is caught and sent to Endovier, to the salt mines, where most criminals do not survive very long with the hard labor. However, Celaena continues to survive until the Crown Prince of Erilea, Dorian, comes to fetch her. He has has a bargain for her: if she participates in a contest of sorts as his Champion, a competition where former criminals battle it out to become the King’s Champion, a coveted role. Dorian wants Calaena as his Champion, so that she can win, serve his father for four years and then earn her freedom. Celaena immediately agrees, though she doesn’t have much of a choice. She comes from a country that no longer exists, taken over by Dorian’s father, and has worked against him her whole life. But this means her freedom.

When she arrives, things don’t go the way she expects them to. She is gaining a lot of attention from both Dorian and the captain of the King’s Guard, Chaol. She’s forming a close friendship with a princess from a nearby land. And she’s having to hide her skills so as not to gain too much attention. But then weird things start happening. Marks called Wyrdmarks start appearing, in a kingdom that has absolutely forbidden magic, and Champions are turning up dead, in seriously gruesome ways. Celaena now has to worry about making it past all the Tests and not ending up dead like the other Champions…

The Bad:

The love triangle. I’m sorry. I mean that in the best way possible. But I am so tired of the love triangle. I am so insanely over it. Please make it go away. I understand it makes for a more interesting story, blah blah blah. I was so excited in Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s Obsidian because there’s no love triangle. Not in the slightest. It was amazing. And I will say that the love triangle in this novel…its very, very subtle. Its not in your face, so there is that. I’ll also add that its subtle enough, on both sides, that you’re not really rooting for either one. At the end of the novel, I’m left going “OHMYGOD, who do I ship?” Haha. But this a very slight love triangle, and honestly, more of an annoyance than anything.

The Good:

Celaena is such a badass. She is up there with all the super badass heroines that we’ve been getting. At first she really reminded me of Katsa from Graceling. They both are kind of trained at a young age to become an assassin. I do think there is a difference between them. I love Katsa and Kristin Cashore’s Graceling but I did have some issues with Katsa; she’s very…unemotional and lacking of humanity sometimes. Sometimes its hard to relate to her. Celaena is trained as an assassin but has such a deep personality and human feelings and emotions. I love that she has a ton of humor and sarcasm. I love that she is this badass assassin with the power to kill people fairly easily and yet she loves to curl up with a book and enjoy a story. I love that she loves dogs and doesn’t want the grumpy runt of the pack to be killed.

I love the sort of repertoire she builds with the different characters in the novel. She spends the most time with Dorian, Chaol and the princess and she is Celaena with all of them, but she has a different relationship with each of them and while reading, I get eager to see what sort of interaction she will have with each character. She plays all these different parts and she doesn’t hold back. I think that’s what really attracts both Dorian and Chaol to Celaena. She is this beautiful fighter, talented warrior, gifted and brilliant and everyone knows who she is, has heard whispers of her. But I think once this famed assassin is given a name, a personality, a face…Dorian and Chaol are able to really see her as a person. And the princess, Nehemia, is really able to see what Celaena is like because she doesn’t know her true identity or her reason for being there.

I also really love the conflict that goes on within Celaena. She’s an assassin from a country that was brutally taken over by the king, and she’s spend much of her “career”, fighting and killing and working against him. And she is sent to the salt mines, where she isn’t fed well, and she’s fighting off would-be attackers and doing extreme hard labor. Of course this isn’t a place that she wants to be at. She’s given the chance of freedom, but at the cost of working for someone whom she despises. Its a very strange internal struggle for her, as she fights to win the King’s Champion position, knowing it’ll both mean her freedom, but preceded by four years of killing for a man that she definitely does not see as her king. I love that we don’t just get to see her physical fight, but we get to see her fight internally as well.

I loved the ending to this book as well, but as I’m trying to keep my reviews as spoiler free as possible because before, I just spoiled things like crazy, I won’t say too much. I loved how everything was wrapped and yet completely not wrapped up at the same time. You had a conclusion, an ending but there are so many loose ends, especially toward the end when you start getting different points of view and you see sort of the inner workings of this kingdom and what could possibly go wrong. So it leaves you both happy and frustrated which is the mark of a good ending.

And it makes me absolutely can’t WAIT til August to read the sequel. Maas has created a very realistic, fantastical world. She said it started out as kind of a throwback to Cinderella but I think the story kind of had a mind of its own and took on its own life form. She builds a world as real as Tortall or Fellsmarch or Middle Earth. You believe its real and you believe all these characters are real and it sucks you into the story. I very much enjoyed this book.

Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

Recommended or Not?:

Definitely. If you like fantasies with girls that kick ass, this is the book for you. Celaena is a badass character with the right emotions and personality for you to both love her and hate her, and follow her story eagerly. I literally inhaled this book because I just had to find out what happened next.

As always, the book title above will take you to the Amazon page and the author’s name will take you to their website.

Definitely check this book out!

Last little note: I hope she comes to California soon because I would adore meeting her!

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If you missed it yesterday, here is my interview with best selling author, Eoin Colfer!

And check back soon for my post all about the Star Trek Into Darkness red carpet premiere!