Friday, June 12, 2009

Star Trek

My one short review is: well, it didn't suck, but I thought it would have been better.

I have seen all of the films and many of the episodes from the various TV series. I liked the idea of rebooting the franchise with a new cast and a new look. In that respect, I would say that this film was far more successful than Enterprise, the lame Star Trek prequel series, made interesting mostly because of Jolene Blalock ;-) Well, and the doctor character was really good. Other than that, it stank pretty much, but I watched it anyway, hoping that it would get better.

As much I as like Leonard Nimoy, and as much as I truly believe that the character of Spock is perhaps the best character created in the Star Trek Universe -- except for T'Pol, of course -- it must be evident by now that Leonard Nimoy is not such a great actor. I didn't really like that part of the story line, maybe because his part in the development of the plot was rushed over way too fast. On the other hand, Sylar as Spock kind of works.

The movie is certainly enjoyable: there is lots of action, lots of things explode, people die. The movie does not drag at all. I didn't really see the need for the Kirk car chase flashback scene at all. I would have left that strip of film on the cutting room floor.

So, I give it a 7/10. Last night, my rating was a 6, but it improved with sleep. So that, ladies and gentlemen, is my lass ass review.

By the way, after the show, we caught Tales of the Uncanny, a 90-year-old silent German film at Dundas Square. A live soundtrack was contributed by Robert Lippok, Owen Pallett, and Do Make Say Think, one of my favourite bands. Sadly, the rain interfered. Damn you Mother Nature!


Super Happy Jen said...

You're crazy. This movie is at least a 9.5. And the car scene was in all the previews, if they'd taken it out it would've just been annoying. Would you not ask yourself, where's the car scene?

I also thought McCoy did well. And I agree with you about Nimoy's acting, but to star in Sci Fi melodrama, one doesn't need much ability (just a little shakespearean training).

The most important thing is that, despite my sister's best efforts, my nephew now thinks Star Trek is cool. And I get to be the hip aunt who owns all the series. YEs!

Star Trek Rules! All Hail Star Trek!!!!!

Super Happy Jen said...

BTW: I also loved Enterprise. But admittedly it wasn't as "cool".

zydeco fish said...

I didn't see any previews, but I would have cut that scene even before the previews were made. As long as you don't try to convince me that ST: Nemesis was a good film, we can still be friends.

k said...

I think they should get someone in Bollywood to do a Hindi version of Star Trek. I bet it's be way cool, and there'd also be dancing.


Deodand said...

There's a comic book that covers the gap between Nemesis and this movie. My husband practically had to force me to read it, but I'm glad I did. It made the movie much clearer that it would've been to me.

SME said...

To be honest, I think I'd prefer Tales of the Uncanny to Star Trek. I could just never get into it; especially the new series, in which all the action seems to take place in ship canteens. Budget constraints, I guess; it was easier to create a new planet for every episode back when all you needed were some backdrops and styrofoam rocks.

Alex said...

I loved Sylar as Spock, and I loved the movie. I thought Pike kicked Shatner's ass as Kirk. And I'll always love Leonard Nimoy, even if he can't act.