May 10, 2009

Boldly going where no one has gone before

Star Trek is out of this world! I am not a Trekkie in the slightest bit, I've only seen a couple of episodes of the TV series and its many incarnations over the years. But J.J. Abrams has made a film that anyone can enjoy. It all starts with a smart and funny script by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (take note George Lucas), and the rest will follow.

The viewing experience itself was a pleasure because fellow audience members would applaud or cheer when a familiar character would initially appear (loudest when we saw the brand new Enterprise for the first time), or a well-known line would be said. Most of us clapped at the end of the screening, and I'm not ashamed to say I did, too.

The cast is outstanding. The two leads play off each other extremely well. Chris Pine is a brash, smart-alecky, insubordinate and conceited but competent Capt. James T. Kirk. Zachary Quinto is Spock like you've never seen him before, struggling with his human emotions while maintaining his Vulcan logic. (If you watch Heroes like I do, I still could see hints of the conflicted villain Sylar.) Karl Urban is back on the big screen with a vengeance, playing a sexily funny Dr. "Bones" McCoy. I didn't think Simon Pegg as Scotty had enough screen time; and what was that sidekick of his? A Trekkie version of Chewbacca? (By the way, for a moment I thought young Kirk had landed on Star Wars' Hoth for his pivotal encounter with Leonard Nimoy's old Spock. Wouldn't that have been a crazy twist to the plot?) Deliciously evil Eric Bana is the malecifent Captain Nero complete with facial tattoos, with a scary kick-ass warship that looks like a giant seamonster.

There were some cameos, but alas, no William Shatner. The special effects are of course, superb. This new movie, like all recent successful franchise reboots like Casino Royale and Batman Begins, opens up a world of endless possibilities for filmmakers. It was so much more satisfying than XMEN Origins: Wolverine. This Star Trek shows us how prequels should be done.


Jon said...

Oh I agree, Star Trek was loads better than XMen Origins: Wolverine.

Just on a side note. Somebody ask what wolves gargle with? WOLVERINE of course.

Lani said...

Good one Jon!

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