Thursday, May 7, 2009

Movie Review: Star Trek

I promise I don't just watch movies. I really do other things too. However, yesterday was a stressful and frustrating day, so when my dear cousin Rob said he could get tickets to see Star Trek a few days early (the Utah premiere, how fun!) I figured it might be just what the doctor ordered. Turned out it was a perfect foil to my crappy day.

Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun, Watchable'
I don't know how many of you are familiar with The Onion. I got a good laugh out of this clip even before I saw the film. Now I love it even more.

I don't want to give it away. All you need to know is that this movie is fun. It's full of amazing action and effects, there are no slow parts that make you think about going to do something else, the cast is perfect (I did hear some nitpicky comments like: "Bones doesn't have blue eyes" and "Sulu is played by a Korean instead of a Japanese guy", but the feel of the characters is right on and they look great too), and overall, it's FUN. I don't think you have to be a die-hard Trekker/Trekkie to enjoy this. In fact, I don't think it's important to have any familiarity with the show at all. I do think you'll get more out of it if you've seen at least a few episodes of the original show, but otherwise it's completely stand-alone. And it totally works.

I honestly can't wait to see it again. Still makes me chuckle under my breath when I think about it. Man, I needed that last night.

It's rated PG-13 for intense action (although I'm pretty sure the only slightly objectionable thing in it is a bedroom scene that lasts about a minute - you see two people in their underwear, so if your kids can handle that, they'll be fine with the rest - really).

Per Ethan's suggestion, I'm changing my rating scale to 5 stars. And I give this movie all 5. Yeah, I really did like it that much.

Update: check out this review for a lot more detail. Good review. I totally agree.


nora.lakehurst said...

We are going to see it for our anniversary. LOL yes I am not a Trekkie but I am way excited to see this movie. This summer is going to ROCK!!! Next on movies to see this summer is Transformers my son says "transformers Robots in the sky." Love my little tru.

Shell said...

I'm going to be seeing this for my anniversary too, I have no doubt. And even though I'm not a Trekkie either, I'm looking forward to it, especially if Matthew really likes it. What better way to spend your anniversary than to watch your husband enjoy something he really loves (and no, don't go there...)

mhambster said...

I can't wait to see this. I'm supremely worried that Silar is going to ruin Spock, my absolutely most favorite fictional character of all time period, but other than that I think it looks like it's going to be a great ride.
I also loved the Onion spot. I saw that a few days ago and laughed at it. Good grief. I knew all of those people they interviewed.
I am also going to go see this for my anniversary, I guess. I really hope I enjoy it. Shell loves it when I find something I really enjoy. I mean, what's more fun than having your wife watch you enjoy something you really love. And yes, go there.

Dirtius Wifius said...

I wouldn't worry about Sylar. I think he is much better suited to be a young Spock. It fits his origins. Leonard Nimoy is perfect, of course, but Sylar is pretty close.

I can't watch my husband enjoy something for too long. Video games get really boring after a while unless you're playing too. ;)

Anonymous said...

I think I might just want to see this movie!!!

I'm glad my ratings idea got approved :)

-- Eepii