Yes, there is just one. There are other things that would have been good in other movie, but they were pulled down by the suck of this one.
No. It isn’t Benedict Cumberbatch. This is where I lose my audience by saying I’m not much of a fan. Meh. And while Sherlock makes good use of Cumberbatch’s alien corpse vibe by casting him as a character who is widely regarded as inhuman, Into Darkness turns him into just one more above-average jerk whose arrogance has fooled him into thinking he’s an invincible genius. I get enough of those in real life.
No, there is one completely believeable moment in Into Darkness, and I hold it as a dear thing. The script doesn’t overplay it, so I’m not sure anyone even noticed. Still, I appreciated it.
You see, if I were Admiral Robocop, I would absolutely choose Kirk to be my patsy. I can’t think of a single better stupidly gung ho character in all of cinema to send to fuck everything up for everyone in the galaxy.
In fact, Kirk fails to do that only by luck. If Cumberbatch’s plaster vampire hadn’t surrendered when he did, and if Kirk hadn’t been so stupidly arrogant himself as to think he could handle it, Admiral Banzai would have had exactly what he wanted. Like many a cartooon villain before him, he was undone because the kids in The Mystery Machine make habitual bad decisions.
And I’m completely cool with that. The one thing I like about this movie is that Admiral Liddy picked the perfect stupid fall guy and failed only because he didn’t understand that this Kirk is stupider even than that. It’s kinda perfect.