Monday, October 15, 2012

Star Trek (2009)


Number Rolled: 42
Movie Name/Year: Star Trek (2009)
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Length: 126 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Director: J.J. Abrams
Writer: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Gene Roddenberry
Actors: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Winona Ryder

I was always a Captain Kirk girl. Well… less Captain Kirk and more Spock. I’m fairly certain I remember a younger Leonard Nimoy being my first crush. I own just about that entire first series on VHS (which I can’t watch because I don’t have a VCR anymore…).

Needless to say, as big as a fan as I was, when this movie came out I was nervous. There was sooo much they could have gotten wrong. So much the actors could have gotten wrong. So much the director and writers could have gotten wrong. This movie was a mine-field waiting to happen. Need I point out the modern 3 Star Wars films? If this movie had made one wrong step, it could have gone down the same road as Jar Jar Binx… nothing but a joke.

Thankfully, J. J. Abrams, along with the rest of the people who worked the movie, pulled it together. Of course, the fact that Leonard Nimoy himself would have ANYTHING to do with the film says just how right they got it. They didn’t attempt to stick to the story-line since that would have made it nearly impossible to remake and they would have had fan boys and girls throwing things at them in the street because they got a single stance or word wrong. They pushed the story, instead, to the limit by having it create the alternate time-line they were going for. The best part is that they didn’t force it or just decide to redo it themselves, they let the storyline start in the real world and find itself in the alternate. A good example of a movie that decided to change the story-line without even giving reason for the change is X-Men First Class (It was a good movie, but only if it’s the first of a whole new series – if it winds up standing alone, then I take back the compliment).

Chris Pine pulled off Captain James Tiberius Kirk amazingly. Playing beside Zachary Quinto who fit into Leonard Nimoy’s shoes and then add in Leonard Nimoy himself? Are you kidding me? Casting was SICK. I don’t often give props to a lot of the behind-the-scenes crowd, but I need to say that the casting directors April Webster and Alyssa Weisberg have some sort of magic between them. I’m actually going to make it a point to add any other films they’ve worked on to my queues right now because they OBVIOUSLY know their shit.

This movie couldn’t have been better. I can’t think of a single thing I would change. I hope they make more, I really do.

Overall Opinion – 5/5

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