Saturday, 9 May 2009

Star Trek

Dir: J.J. Abrams (Mission: Impossible III)
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg
Additional Cast: Bruce Greenwood, Eric Bana, Ben Cross, Winona Ryder, Chris Hemsworth, Rachel Nichols, Jennifer Morrison
USA/Germany, 2009

Seen: May 7, 2009 at the AMC (Screen 6 - woohoo!)

Reason to see: It's Trek. Of course I'll see it. I watched every single Star Trek film to in preparation to see this film.

I was so thrilled to finally see Star Trek, after avoiding spoilers or any information on the film beyond basic casting for over a year. All I had seen was the teaser trailer way back with Cloverfield in Jan'08.

And boy, I'm glad I did.

The film knows its audience and plays to one of the favourite strengths of Trek, the characters and their relationships. Chris Pine delivers as James T. Kirk, Simon Pegg is excellent as expected as Scotty and Bruce Greenwood is a stand out as a part of the supporting cast. But who won me over was Karl Urban as McCoy, up until then I still had a microscopic sceptic in me wondering if this was all going to work out but when he appeared that was gone for good and I was hooked. I knew that the film was going to work and settled in to enjoy the ride.

It is more action oriented than adventure, which I can imagine was a concious choice to attract new fans as well as a safe bet consider the most successful Trek films were more action oriented (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and Star Trek: First Contact). Although I did miss the adventure and exploration side of Trek, that isn't to say my mind wasn't occupied. It certainly was. This is a very clever film.

I was surprized and disappointed to see a little gender crap thrown in the film. Star Trek never had this and I hope they do away with it later.

What was achieved here is a feat I couldn't have anticipated. Not only does it satisfy the fans of The Original Series and films but it appears that it will reign in a whole new slew of fans. Whether or not both will stay happy is a question that will only be answered over the test of time.

An enjoyable film and a successful reboot all in one.

Shannon's Overall View:
I enjoyed it
I'll watch it again and buy it as well
I'd recommend it to SciFi fans, action fans and of course Star Trek fans

The preshow actually started 4 minutes early which was rather surprizing. However they did fill that time with 15 minutes of preshow with 3 commercials and 6 previews: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Land of the Lost, Year One, Up, Terminator Salvation and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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© Shannon Ridler, 2009

At the AMC about 45 minutes before show time. It was the first time I've lined up outside a theatre in a long time. I had my iPod playing really loud to not year anything as people left, but I was warmed by their smiling faces.

AMC posters craziness.


Genie Sea said...

I'm disappointed. Not one Klingon in line! :)

I am very much looking forward to watching this! Awesome review as usual Shannon!

I have become an avid reader of your reviews. I need to comment more, but my cinematic ignorance limits me to "wow", "interesting", "cool" :)

Jamie said...

Wow, the shape over the lineup is very Enterprisian!

What a joy this film was. I was in it from the first minute. And Karl Urban was a total hit as McCoy! And our young Kirk impressed me too.

I'm already looking forward to seeing it again!

Jamie said...

Oh, and I thought Bruce Greenwood rocked it too!

Paul said...

I thought the film was absolutely spectacular, and maybe I missed it, but what was the "gender crap"?

Trista DeVries said...

Oh don't you worry! There were Klingons aplenty at my screening at 10:50 on Friday night. Maybe they were saving it.

I agree, Shannon, it's really freakin good. Like I didn't expect it to be so good. We finished the movie at 1 am on Saturday and I immediately said we'd see it again this afternoon. (We didn't but that was due to sleep.) I can't wait to see it a second - and possibly third - time. And I expected to think it was 'meh'!

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Thanks GenieSea, I'm glad you enjoy the reviews! I think the first one I did was literally 2 lines, it all gets better with time :)

I am looking forward to seeing it again to Jamie! And good call of the shape of the crowd, I didn't even see that!

Paul - I'll email ya. I don't want to put anything spoilery up.

Klingons at your screening Trista? I'm so jealous! No costumes at my screening but I saw some at the theatre in old school Trek uniforms.

Kabir said...

Loved the film and highly recommended go ahead and watch it folks.

Nomad said...

Now, if only J.J. Abrams would do a "reboot" of Wolverine, X-Men Origins...

Genie Sea said...

Star Trek totally kicked Wolverine BUTT! :)

I LOVED it! And I am quite the cynic :)

Suzie Ridler said...

McCoy stole it for me, holy cow he was amazing. I think they did an amazing job making a movie that non-Trekkies would also enjoy. I for one loved hanging out with the old crew and getting to know them even better.

No one dressed up? Oh I so wanted to see people dressed up, oh well. LOL.

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