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Galaxy Quest (1999)

A 1999 science fiction movie directed by Dean Parisot.

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Never Retreat, Never Surrender!

  • Sep 8, 2010
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Galaxy Quest.  Weird to admit that the first time I saw this movie was just last night when it came out in 1999. To be fair 1999 gave us incredible movies like The Matrix and Fight Club, so perhaps my mind was elsewhere. This movie was not high on my radar when it was new.

The source that even made me remember this movie existed was from my Directing 1 professor. If he liked there must be something good about it. So, while going to Wal-Mart looking a new DVD set out I stumbled onto this movie and another movie I'll review soon. It was not expensive at all so definitely worth the 90 minutes to see why the class also agreed with the professor about this movie.

I remember the previews for this movie showing a generic sci-fi flick and the posters and DVD box art did nothing to change that expectation. Since this is the way I saw the movie and not really interested in watching the price of theater tickets on a generic movie that looked badly cast, I passed.

Now, I'm glad I saw it. My expectations were wrong and WAY off. The bad casting ended up making more sense I could have thought. Tim Allen as the lead in this? Really? Turns out he fits. Sigourney Weaver? The right choice? Alan Rickman is in this too, of now, Harry Potter fame through the role of Severus Snape. Obviously, he has done a lot more than that, but modern audiences should instantly who he is when told that role.

The back of the DVD cover reveals more of the plot than I knew when the movie was new. It starts out as stars of a canceled sci-fi TV show, Galaxy Quest, attending conventions either because they're trapped in their old characters or trying to relive their glory days. This situation is really where Rickman stands out since he really strikes you as that kind of traditional, intense actor. Tim Allen is also quite amazing in this film which, I'm sure by anybody's standards, is probably a surprise.

I've only saw this film for the first time recently so I haven't yet had time to really figure out what it is I like about it so much. It's fun in that carefree Bill&Ted way, but has important observations of life and seemingly more of its irony in the written form  throughout.  It pokes fun at these  things without being cheesy or turning the movie into a joke that loses sight of its purpose. If you've got $5 pick this one up. You may find yourself watching it more than once.
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September 08, 2010
Great review. I saw this twice, but years after its release so don't feel too bad. I should write a review myself and add this to The Forbidden Planet community. Good job.
 
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Quick Tip by . October 22, 2010
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This is another sleeper/ensemble piece. I had to watch it in pieces because I kept laughing to hard to catch the next funny bit. Seeing the link, I think it's time I see the movie again.
review by . March 08, 2010
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I recently re-watched GALAXY QUEST after a roughly decade long hiatus. I think it may have gotten even better with time. If you wanted to make a movie spoofing the original STAR TREK series and the cultural phenomenon it has become...you simply couldn't do better than this film. It pokes fun of the genre, the cast, the fans, the cheesiness and the conventions. Often, rather pointed jabs. But it's infused with real affection, and it even tells a pretty exciting and moving story of its own.    "Ga …
review by . April 29, 2009
Having attended some of the conventions for old television series (Star Trek, Dark Shadows), I could really relate to this movie.  The atmosphere and the attitude of the fans at some of these conventions are captured exactly by the director.    In this movie, the actors from on old television series very much like Star Trek, attend a convention.  They are harangued by the fans and peppered with questions about the science in some of the more obscure episodes.  Tim Allen …
review by . November 01, 2008
Galaxy Quest
This is the best satire comedy on the market, making fun of the old Star Trek show and all the conventions and Trekkies that followed the show.     The aging actors of the Galaxy Quest show still attend conventions, signing autographs for money, and no other acting career left because of the previous popularity of their show. Commander Peter Quincy Taggert is just Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen), a has been actor with a big ego. He's in dutch with his fellow cast members for taking …
review by . October 13, 2004
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Having attended some of the conventions for old television series (Star Trek, Dark Shadows), I could really relate to this movie. The atmosphere and the attitude of the fans at some of these conventions are captured exactly by the director.     In this movie, the actors from on old television series very much like Star Trek, attend a convention. They are harangued by the fans and peppered with questions about the science in some of the more obscure episodes. Tim Allen is the …
review by . January 28, 2004
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"Galaxy Quest" gives sci-fi lovers a swift, but soft and loving, kick in the pants. It is dead-on with its parody of sci-fi television, the actors involved, and the herds of loving fans who, admittedly, do take their science fiction just a little too seriously. If your a fan of shows such as "Star Trek," "Farscape," or "Doctor Who," you'll definitely identify with this movie.What makes this movie so unique, however, is the fact that it uses the sometimes fanatic behavior of sci-fi fans who take …
review by . October 21, 2001
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Sometimes when I write a review and give five stars I pause. After all 5 stars makes a picture equal to THE GODFATHER or GONE WITH THE WIND, and BEN HUR etc. Thus when you have a light film such as GALAXY QUEST I think, "Can I really make this movie equal to them?"The answer is easy: Most people don't watch movies for artistic merrits (Stop fainting you cultured ones) we watch it to be entertained. This movie is entertaining, in fact if you are not a SCIFI fan you will find it even funnier.The plot …
review by . December 19, 2000
Pros: Very funny; Great cast; Hysterical script; Excellent direction; Lots of fun     Cons: Honestly, I can't think of anything at all.     What do you get when you have six defunct sci-fi actors, countless Trekkie-esque groupies and a planet in major trouble? Why, Galaxy Quest, of course! Add a great cast, hysterical script, excellent writer and terrific costumes, and you've got yourself a fabulous movie.      Galaxy Quest is about the …
review by . January 10, 2000
Pros: Amusing send off of Star Trek and their fans     Cons: A little too nerdy at times.     I knew I was in for something weird when I noticed that everyone in the theater was a fan of Star Trek. How could I tell? The tee shirts, the head gear, the Star Trek jokes, etc... It became pretty obvious that I was either at a Trek convention or something close.       While I am not a major fan of Star Trek, I could follow along with all the …
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You don't have to be aStar Trekfan to enjoyGalaxy Quest, but it certainly helps. A knowingly affectionate tribute toTrekand any other science fiction TV series of the 1960s and beyond, this crowd-pleasing comedy offers in-jokes at warp speed, hitting the bull's-eye for anyone who knows that (1) the starship captain always removes his shirt to display his manly physique; (2) any crew member not in the regular cast is dead meat; and (3) the heroes always stop the doomsday clock with one second to spare. So it is with Commander Taggart (Tim Allen) and the stalwart crew of the NSEAProtector, whose intergalactic exploits on TV have now been reduced to a dreary cycle of fan conventions and promotional appearances. That's when the Thermians arrive, begging to be saved from Sarris, the reptilian villain who threatens to destroy their home planet.

Can actors rise to the challenge and play their roles for real? The Thermians are counting on it, having studied the "historical documents" of the Galaxy Quest TV show, and their hero worship (not to mention their taste for Monte Cristo sandwiches) is ultimately proven worthy, with the help of some Galaxy geeks on planet Earth. And while Galaxy Quest serves up great special effects and impressive Stan Winston creatures, director Dean Parisot (Home Fries) is never condescending, lending warm acceptance to this gentle send-up of sci-fi TV and the phenomenon of fandom. Best of all is the splendid cast, ...

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Director: Dean Parisot
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: 1999
DVD Release Date: May 2, 2000
Runtime: 102 minutes
Studio: Dreamworks Video
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