Skip to comments.Star Trek: Movie Review by LS
Posted on 05/08/2009 1:26:01 PM PDT by LS
This is simply a great movie. For those of us who grew up first on the television series, then the series of motion pictures, then "The Next Generation," this is the TV series on special-effects steriods, and in my opinion the second best movie of all Star Trek movies, next to "The Wrath of Khan."
The first 20 minutes is jarring, and you have to pay attention. It runs the viewer from Capt. Christopher Pike (played by a one of my favorites, Bruce Greenwood), to the evil Romulan Nero (Eric Bana, sans Hulk get-up), to the young Spock, to the risk-taking James T. Kirk (played supremely in this role by Chris Pine), then finally to the late-teen Spock who chooses Star Fleet, played by Zachary Quinto. Yet somehow the editors managed to keep the essential plot lines straight. Kirk is exceptionally bright, but a hell-raiser. Uhura (Zoe Saldana) is as beautiful as can be, and ironically has no interest in Kirk but rather is in love with Spock. Kirk proceeds to get beat to a pulp by almost everyone in this movie. (First it's cadets from Star Fleet, then Spock, then the Romulans. You begin to think Kirk was taught to fight at UN peacekeeper school).
Above all, what makes the movie is the development, on multiple levels, of the friendship between Kirk, Spock, and to a lesser degree, Bones (Karl Urban) and Scotty (Simon Pegg). John Cho plays a straight Sulu, thank God, and Anton Yelchin does a good job as Checkov.
The plot revolves around the "prime"/older Spock (Leonard Nimoy) trying to save Romulus in the future, and failing. Somehow, the evil Romulan Nero comes through a time warp to the past to destroy Vulcan out of revenge---and to make the young Spock watch!
Don't get wrapped up in debating the "time continuum" stuff, just go with it. There is a glitch with this at the end (the same person cannot exist in two places at once, or two people from different times can't co-exist, or . . . ah, forget it).
Instead, just enjoy the origins of the comeraderie, the sexual tension between Spock and Kirk over Uhuru, the one-liners, and above all, the fantastic way the actors adapted the characters to their own personas while maintaining much of the original Kirck/Scott/Bones/Spock personalities. At times, you can almost see Shatner coming through Pine; unfortunately, at times, Urban tries a little too hard to "be" Bones, and of all the characters, his is the least developed in terms of motivations or past. But the friendship between Spock---at any age---and Kirk is wonderful, if rocky at first. When Spock prime says to Kirk, "I am, and always have been, your friend," it brought a tear to my eye as I recalled Spock dying to save the Enterprise in "Wrath of Khan."
If CGI had existed in 1966, instead of cardboard sets, this is what that Star Trek might have looked like. Enjoy. Live long and prosper, unless, of course, you are Spock prime speaking to Spock in which case, as he noted, "It would be self-serving."
Bump, I’ve heard nothing but good reviews from everyone who went to see it today.
The Onion Reports - Star Trek fans bash new film as “Too good & too much fun”
LOL. There are a LOT of funny lines in, but very little PC crap. Great line at the end-—won’t spoil it-—between Kirk, Spock, and the Romulan.
Right after Wolverine, it’s on my list.
As a Stooge fan, I can’t imagine how it can be good if you liked the original cast. I’m not looking forward to the “new” Three Stooges movie that’s coming out. The last “new” one fell far short. How can this one not do the same?
I purchased tickets earlier today for the 5:30 show, so I’m headed downtown to meet my husband. Thanks for the review. My favorite Star Trek movie to date has been Wrath of Khan...partly because they incorporated and built upon a story from the original series (I’m not real sure why they didn’t do that more.)
While not true to the Star Trek series, both LOST and Harry Potter have "disproved" that theory.
My son took me to see it last night. It was great. It is much more true to the original TV shows than the later (Next Generation, etc) ones. I expect to see more in the future.
Excellent, excellent, excellent. I used to think that The Wrath of Khan was the best ST movie. I have changed my mind on that. This one will not disappoint.
The reviews all seem to be very positive. I’ll check it out this weekend. But I’m surprised that they’ve rewritten the Star Trek universe so that Kirk, Spock, McCoy, etc haven’t just been tethered together from early middle-age but have instead been enduring each others company from their youths in this movie to the elderly stage they reach in Star Trek VI(?). I can’t even stand going to high school re-unions - can’t imagine what it would be like to see those people every day until I reached senility.
Please, don’t go then. Deny yourself a great movie.
I snuck out and saw it at lunch today. I’m a fan of the old Trek and loved this new one. I will see it again in the theater and I haven’t done something like that in more than 20 years.
In the original series, wasn’t Spock something like 400 years old?
How did they reconcile that with both Spock and Kirk being youths at the same time?
From the previews, it does look like a ‘must see’.
Nimoy looks a zillion years old. But it still works. This new cast should be good for 3-4 pics.
I saw it last night. Was impressed. I thought a reset was going to really mess up the known Star Trek cannon. It did but because of the plot it works and makes it acceptable to have more films in the franchise forgetting what we’ve seen in the earlier Star Trek movies and series.
It’s not the same time line anymore, but an alternative.
Wolverine can best be described by one word - disappointing. Sorry!
Star Trek looks like a better show with a better script.
I dont go to the movies except for Batman, 007, Rambo or Star Trek..so I guess its time for me to go.
Don’t see it then. If you get hung up on who is what age, you won’t enjoy it anyway. Maybe something more realistic, like, say, “Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
Yeah, it’s that good. I NEVER go to movies in theaters. (Can’t even remember the last one I saw before this). Definitely one to own for your home collection.
Dark Knight. That’s it-—that was the last pic I saw in a theater before this one.
I'm taking my two daughters to tonight's showing. But, I heard John Cho talk about supporting Dennis Kucinich on the Leno show, and it's almost ruined the whole movie for me already. Actor's should stick to endorsing the movie they've made and stop indulging their personal political musings.
Just keep saying to yourself, Harold smoked a lot of weed. A LOT of weed.
Does Kirk start his infatuation with green alien women in this movie?
Hmmmmmmm just keep William Shatner away from swimming pools and everyone will be safe..
A constantly moving whirligig camera is not a substitute for either acting or story-telling. Just hold the thing still, for Pete's sake, so we can see what's happening.
And the film literally strips the classic characters of their dignity.
Saw it last night. Simply the best trek yet! Did you notice the music had a lot in common with “Wrath of Kahn”
Was it crowded? I will go see it next week probably Thursday night.
I also liked that there wasn’t really any anti-conservative bias in the movie. Or at least I didn’t detect any. And the movie really was a lot of fun. Reminded me of the fun I had when I first saw Wrath of Khan in the theater a long time ago.
Apparently so...yes though unsure if the infatuation actually started here...
I saw it at 11:30a in Times Square and it was about half-full in a large house. The audience was a bunch who were skipping out of work and trying to avoid being recognized by anyone that knew them.
C’mon! It’s obvious the director was making this movie an indictment of the Bush regime and the whole Iraq war! Only when we form a one-world government and come together as one, black & white, Scottish and Vulcan, gay Oriental and Russian...
(just kidding - might see it in a few weeks when the crowds die down - I predict big numbers)
Trying to catch a matinee this weekend.
I never did know what that girl’s name was. When I was in high school I had a real crush on a girl who looked just like her. I never did get up the courage to ask her out
Good, but forgettable.
Actually, I have mixed feelings seeing a JJ Abrams project after he abandoned us watching “Alias”
When Scotty first met Kirk, there was a tribble cooing in the background. Scotty was funny, he was Shaun in Shaun of the Dead, I thought he looked vaguely familiar.
As a fan of the old series more than TNG, I absolutely loved this movie!
Good job by Abrams!
The Orion woman is infatuated with him, Kirk.....not so much. LOL.
Thanks for the review! I am definitely going to see it. As a Trek fan, I was afraid the movie might have sucked, but I am going to go see it ASAP!
Off to see it in IMAX Saturday morning. Can’t wait!
Thanks for the review.
And here’s the Top 10 from Dave last night, actually delivered by Nemoy, Top 10 Lines Never Said in a Star Trek movie:
10. Warp factor 8! Arby’s closes in 10 minutes.
9. We’re entering a breach in the space-time continuum or a wormhole or some crazy crap like that.
8. Set phasers to fabulous!
7. Welcome aboard the Starship Enterprise - today’s in-flight movie is “Big Momma’s House 2.”
6. We’ve been hijacked by Somali pirates.
5. Sir, I’m going to need Saturday off to attend my nephew’s Bar Mitzvah.
4. My baby-daddy is a Vulcan - on the next “Maury.”
3. The Enterprise just hit a goose - we’re gonna have to land in the Hudson.
2. Live long, prosper, and keep on hangin’ and bangin’.
1. I find your choice of hairpiece highly illogical.
You had be scared there for a second that this was slipping into K&S fan fiction territory...
I'm an old trek fan that watched it as a little kid in first run from the premiere of the first episode in 1966... The original show try to have some smart writing... this new movie was just stupid .. to the point of almost being a satire of bad Sci Fi...
Ever see Stargate SG1 do it own satire of itself as "Wormhole X-treme"?...The new Star Trek movie is the Wormhole X-treme version of Star Trek done with a straight face
Did they do their homework? Was one of those cadets Finnegan?
2 words: Spock's Brain
Good review, thanks, I won’t see it.
No. Spock's father was around 103 in the original series (and yes Vulcan's live a lot longer than Humans, their average life span is about 250), but Spock was in his 30s just like Kirk. Nimoy's Spock in this movie is about 150, from Picard's era, and goes back in time about 130 years, where his younger self is in his 20s.
>> How did they reconcile that with both Spock and Kirk being youths at the same time? <<
No need to reconcile anything since there's no reason Kirk and Spock wouldn't go to the academy at the same time. This movie DOES play fast and loose with Star Trek canon in certain parts (one of the silliest being the idea that Chekov became an officer on the Enterprise before Kirk, and that's before Nero significantly alters the timeline), but most of the "changes" (aside from the complete set redesign) can be explained by time travel and Nero (the bad guy) trying to destroy the federation in the past to get revenge on Spock.
So in short, the relationship of pre-TOS Kirk and Spock in this movie fit either timeline perfectly. A couple scenes really mess with existing Star Trek canon, but this movie is so amazing we Trekkies are willing to overlook it. :-)