“Star Trek” – XI – Trektasatic!

Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Adaptation and Sequel

Running Time: 2 hr. 7 min.

Release Date: May 7th, 2009 (wide)

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence and brief sexual content.

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

JJ Rating: A+

It’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship between a crew and a beloved captain as well as three individuals who could be nicknamed the Holy Trinity of Star Trek: Kirk, Bones and Spock. Star Trek.

I have waited for something that would come from the greatness of Star Trek for years. I’ve waited since the end of Enterprise. I am one of the ones that really enjoyed that series and I am one that totally ignores the last episode as never happening. Killing Trip is unforgivable writing faux pas. I have been eagerly awaiting this film and was sorely saddened by it being moved from last year December to this year May. But their reasoning, wanting part of the Summer Pie, is acceptable and they are forgiven.

My initial reaction when the movie was over and the recognizable theme music moved along with the credits was that I wanted MORE. The movie was 2+ hours and I just wanted more. I wanted a 3 hour epic that Lord of the Rings boasted for three Decembers straight. I just wanted more. I want to see more adventures of the new Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Bones (Karl Urban), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Checkov (Anton Yelchin) and Sulu (John Cho). They are the beginning of an awesome franchise that stopped after three seasons and then made movies throughout the 80’s and 90’s as well as a few in 00’s. It created worlds and languages and characters that are beloved and cherished like Shakespeare’s plays. A class could form out of the uniqueness of the tales, and I’m sure that one very well exists. It is so rich with possibilities that it had to restart on the right foot or pain and suffering would be felt by all who have waited long for a spark to bring this all back to life.

Star Trek was historical not only for the series, but also for Hollywood reboots. There have been a lot of reboots mentioned and some are coming out this year. Those that are still in production should pay attention to how it is done, because if they do then maybe people won’t groan when they hear “reboot” or see an old thing is coming back to be new. They’ll actually have a bit of hope and that it’ll be great. But just maybe it won’t be as great as Star Trek. All that hard work and credit that is deservingly bestowed upon the crew and cast as well as director J.J. Abrams should not be overshadowed by anyone.

I will not talk about too much of the movie because no one really has and it should be left like that. What transpires in the film should be seen and not told. It is remarkably breathtaking and just because you know the story doesn’t mean you know the story any more than a non-Trek fan. It will thrill the fan as well as the one who never understood why anyone would like Star Trek to begin with.

The first bit of the movie that sets up the film was packed full of action and very surprisingly emotion. I have never experienced so much emotion from a single moment in a film by characters that are just introduced. It was so rich and perfect and tear begging that I was seriously in complete awe of how well done it was. It is by far one of the best openings to any movie I’ve ever seen. It proves that emotional strings can be pulled by characters that are brand new if it is done right.

Seeing Kirk, Bones and Spock all meet one another for the first time was astonishing. The three have different personalities that certainly clash with one another, but not nearly as much as they complement one another. Friendship that wasn’t seen from the onset of their meeting but certainly one that holds them together for years to come. The interaction between Kirk and Bones while on the ship running about was so funny. Pine and Urban complement one another just like the characters themselves. Pine and Quinto are the same. Their scenes together towards the end when their friendship starts to blossom are one of the best in the film. Plus it’s verbally titillating to hear the quick wit of all three characters just shoot through the tension of the moment.

Saldana is a very powerful and independent minded Uhura who does, incidentally, have a first name that is a running joke and a cleverly used tease throughout the film. Yelchin has the Russian accent that made Checkov and the humor that follows the annunciation of certain words just like in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home when he’s asking for nuclear “wessels” (vessels). Pegg does an aggressive Scotty who is too smart for the likes of most people and with his upbeat tone adds a bit of levity to the dry sense of humor of the rest of the group. Cho’s Sulu is a bit shaky and rightfully so because he is on a new ship. So his technique and skill are not fully up to Sulu par and that’s good that that was visible. His physical movement to battle the Romulans on a high platform was pretty cool display of talent.

Pine had the cocky self assuredness down pat with the swagger not lagging behind at all. Urban was…well…dead on, Jim. He even sounded like Bones. It was awesome to just listen to them to talk to one another. To see Spock and Bones battle it verbally a bit and Bones toss out an insult after they were done. It would be an insult that if it were done today and to another race here on Earth it would be considered racist and vulgar, but for him it’s hilarious and funny. Quinto was the younger Spock and so was the Spock that had yet to get his human side in check and so provocation of his emotions was very possible. Quinto’s restraint in body was not so in facial expressions and that was how it should have been played. He did justice to the character, that’s for sure.

Then there is Eric Bana as Nero was something completely different. Romulains are the villains yet again in a Trek Film but this would only be a second time that they have been. They are really into this tattooing thing and revenge. Bana was a good villain. He took on the character and left no Bana to be seen. I think that if people didn’t know it was him that they wouldn’t have guessed it. He acts like a villain and he looks like one too.

The action was so beautiful and vibrant in color as well as display. Visually it was majestically monumental. That is what stuff dreams are made of. Hopefully they won’t be jacked when award seasons comes along, because they deserve recognition for what they have done with Star Trek. The different angles of the ship as well as the different maneuvers as it fires or the completely awesome looking Enterprise from the outside. The inside with the computers with the lights and whistles were masterfully done and appealing in look as well as throwback. The beaming has a different look but the same sound effect, as does the ship going to warp and the ship in warp.

They had great battles with ship Vs ship, human Vs Romulian, and, of course, logic Vs emotion. From the moment it starts to the moment it ends it just moves. There’s no slowing down. There isn’t constant action, but the momentum of the story doesn’t allow for any downtime and makes great use of the 2+ hours it runs.

I have so many theories swirling in my head over where this new trek is going. I can’t speak of them because it would ruin the film. So I keep them to myself or totally talk my friend’s ear off about what I think they might do. The possibilities are endless. J.J.’s talent is undeniable. Star Trek is now unstoppable. I really could go on and on but let me end on a G33K note and state that Star Trek was Trektastic!

1 comment:

The Judge said...

The one thing I'd have to say that I was not crazy about was the over-use of "specular highlights" in the film. In other words, lens flare. I read that JJ Abrams actually worked to put lens flare INTO the film, versus the usual deal of CGI guys trying to REMOVE flare. Everything was too shiny. Too much reflecting in your face kind of shiny.

Other than that, I loved the film. Clearly the biggest opening of the franchise (and the biggest budget) but definitely a great film to re-start the franchise with.

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