New Trek A Love Letter (One small partial spoiler)

May 8, 2009 at 1:01 PM (Uncategorized) (, )

I have only one nit to pick, so I’ll do that first….for 99% of the film none of the older musical scores were referenced or used in their entirety.

Reasons I love this:

The writing got almost everyone nailed (McCoy occasionally skated perilously close to parody, and even that was lovable…. and when he wasn’t doing that he was amazing.)

I completely bought into: Chris Pine’s Kirk, (Kirk in particular was marvelous…stripped away of the parody that he got made into, he resonated with such original series episodes as “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” and “Balance of Terror.”), Bruce Greenwood’s Pike, Sulu and Uhura.

Zachary Quinto’s Spock took a bit longer, because from the trailers he was clearly “outside” the level of emotional control we’d seen from Nimoy’s Spock in the original, except under alien influence or, well once every seven years.

But the movie has a reason for a less controlled Spock, and a compelling one, which I bought wholeheartedly.

There was plenty of homage to the original, and many Trekker’s might say too much.

(It was fine for me. I’ll take beloved lines and attitudes and riffs whenever they come.)

Unlike “The Motionless Picture,” (the first ever Trek Film) you didn’t waste 15 minutes of film staring up at the FX of the movie sized Enterprise…

But she was a brilliant piece of starship, as I’ve noted prior (and that was the first time I teared up a bit.)

One liners referenced both the original series, and, indirectly the animated series of the seventies, with an elementary school age Spock being tormented by his classmates. as well as the last primetime spinoff “Enterprise.” The villain felt like “Nemesis,” the last film before this, in the design and colors of his ship.

Nimoy as elder Spock…a graceful turn firmly in continuity with the nuanced character he’s given us before… as per usual for him. (Yeah I cried.)

There have been some changes though, that I can’t recount without spoiling things.

Non-fans and fans alike: Tempus Fugit. Quick. Go see this film.

The word is given. Warp speed.

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4 Comments

  1. bridgett said,

    Kid is having a fit that we don’t plan to go until later this weekend. She wanted to go directly to the theater after school today.

  2. bridgett said,

    (Oh, and I forgot to say that the last time that I went to see a Trek film in the theater, I went into labor…good times…)

    • imfunny2 said,

      OMG! I never knew that!

      I’m trying to picture it….

      “fun” alright :(*

  3. bridgett said,

    Yes, we went to see it the day it was released (12/11/98) because I was due the next day and we pretty much knew that this would be the last movie in a theater for a while. We sat next to another couple that was about to have a baby and we both joked about which of the women would break water first and whether the husbands would actually be convinced to leave the theater in such a situation (no, not so much).

    I didn’t even recognize the sensation as labor, so it was pretty low-grade and I finished the movie. In retrospect, though, it obviously was labor pains. It wasn’t dramatic, but it makes for a good story.

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