Are you out of your Vulcan mind?! Star Trek Review!
May 3, 2009
Just as a warning, this review is going to be very spoilerific, so if you hate spoilers don't read this, but I just can't help myself. Now then, may I just say that this might be the BEST Star Trek Film ever?! And that's not comparing it to The Wrath of Khan or First Contact. This Trek film stand alone among all of the other ones. When J.J. Abrams set off to make a Trek film that was accessible to both non-fans and fans, he apparently knew just what he was doing. This film was also an ensemble piece. It would have been nothing without its cast.
Like I said, this movie was all about the cast. Without it, the film would have been just another action movie, but these actors came together and really became the Crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. All throughout the film you are taken on a roller coaster ride of emotion and comedy. And if you are a fan of the original series, than there are so many little moments of nostalgia that only fans will understand that you feel like you are going to have a geekasm. Mainly, this is a story about how Kirk and Spock and the rest of the gang all got together and how they all learn to understand one another (for the most part). I would talk about the whole crew, but I feel like that would be the longest review ever so I'm going to talk about who I liked the most starting with whom I thought was the best of the best, Karl Urban as Leonard "Bones" McCoy.
I know that these actors were supposed to take takes these characters and make them their own, but I feel like Bones is an exception to that because If I didn't know any better, I thought I was watching DeForest Kelly in that film. I mean Karl urban just takes what Kelly did with Bones and in my mind doubles it. Every little thing that you would want Bones to do in Star Trek he did, from asking Spock if he was "Out of your Vulcan mind?!" or being snide with Kirk on the Bridge to asking for Nurse Chapel in sickbay even though she wasn't in the Film. He just was Bones and every time he talked, I laughed. Unfortunately there were no, "He's dead Jim's" in the film, but I was more than pleased with everything else. I have a bone to pick with one Mr. Orlando Parfitt, who reviewed Star Trek for IGN.uk. Besides you being the only one who thought this movie wasn't all that great, you also said and I quote, "whilst Karl Urban's "Bones" McCoy and Simon Pegg's Scotty are actually rather disappointing. You never felt Bones was Kirk's best mate." I don't know what movie you watched because while I slightly agree with you about Pegg as Scotty, Urban as McCoy was Kelly resurrected. Not to be rude, but you might want to go and re-watch the film.
On the subject of Mr. Scott, out of all the cast, I feel like he was most different aside from the fact that he wasn't trying to be different. So that is one thing I agree with Mr. Parfitt. In my mind, no one can possibly replace James Doohan. Though in defense of Simon Pegg, he did bring something new to the character in the form of major comic relief were I thought in the original series that was mostly left to Bones. This new Scotty was very funny and a new character all together and most definitely still a Scotsman by and by.
Next up is Zachary Quinto as Spock. WOW! You really don't realize how much Quinto and Nimoy look and act alike until you watch the scene between the two of them. Quinto took Spock, made something completely new and fresh while still leaving the essence of Nimoys version intact. This Spock unlike the Spock we have come to know is full of both logic and emotion. There are scenes between Spock and Bones were all Spock does is quote logic and then there is a scene near the end of the movie were Kirk is trying to reason with Nero, offering him the chance to surrender instead of destroying him and Spock turns to him and asks, "What are you doing Captain?" In which Kirk replies with something along the lines of, "I was using logic to try and reason with him, I thought you would appreciate that?" and Spock answers knowing what Nero did to Vulcan, "No, not in this circumstance" Totally awesome and it makes you realize that this is a new fun Spock. Also in traditional Spock manor, Quinto did an amazing job balancing the emotional scenes (especially with his relationship with Uhura) with the scenes were it was supposed to be all logic Spock. Great job!
Finally, we get to Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk. I will say this to begin with, do not go into this movie thinking that Pine took anything from William Shatners portrayal of Kirk because he didn't, he made it his own. I think if Pine had tried to put some Shatner into his acting, it would not have done well for the character. From the introduction of Pines Kirk, we meet this rebellious cocky man who thinks he is all that and then some and in all rights he is, but never the less. What happens when you're cocky? You pay for it and he does by getting beat up a lot in this film. When Pike tells him he can be an officer in four years, Kirk tells him he can do it in three. Pine has those cocky good looks that makes the acting so much more believable as well. The best Kirk scene is when he cheats on the Kobayashi Maru test, something fans have been wanting to see for a long time. This is the only scene that reminded me of Shatner due to the fact that while the whole test is going on, Kirk is eating an apple the same way he was in The Wrath of Khan explaining how he passed to Saavik. It was a great scene. Pine and Quinto both do an amazing job with each other building up their relationship throughout the movie, going from really hating each other, to forming what will become their everlasting friendship. This is very apparent when Spock actually calls Kirk Jim for the first time. Great job by both actors in this film since really, this movie is mainly about Kirk and Spock.
Very quickly I want to just mention that I really enjoyed Bruce Greenwoods portrayal of Captain Pike. he did an amazing job at being a true leader of the Enterprise crew in this film. Also, I thought Leonard Nimoy did a fantastic job coming back into the role of Spock. It must have been hard to come back into the role after being away from it for so long and he nailed it perfectly, especially in the scene between he and Kirk. As far as the Enterprise, I was in awe. They did an amazing job capturing the essence of what this great ship looks and feels like as well as what it represents. If you are a big fan of TOS, than keep a close eye and ear out for some great TOS nostalgia in both the movie and on board the Enterprise.
There were only two things that really bothered me about this movie. The first being that the Enterprise and the Kelvin are both these amazing tricked out apple store looking ships. I mean the insides just look amazing, but than you get to see the engineering sections of both the ships and they look like modern day (2009) factories (the engineering scenes were shot at Anheuser-Bush Brewing factories). I guess I can understand them wanting to have these sections of the ship look like what a real engine room of a ship looks like, but it is just not consistent with what the rest of these ships look like. The other thing I had a problem with was the fact that in the TOS, Spock and Pike are supposed to be very close friends. In the series Spock commits mutiny in him name. I didn't get the sense of comradery between the two at all. I don't know if this is because they really wanted to focus on the Kirk/Spock relationship or because it is in fact an alternate universe, but I would have liked to have seen that.
Like I said up top, Star Trek is an ensemble piece and every actor made this film come to life. If you are not a fan, don't sweat! You can see this film! If you are a Trekkie, prepare to have your mind blown! The two problems I had with the movie are not enough to take away a five spot from it, a BIG 5/5!
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Star Trek tells the story of James T. Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew, following their time together at Starfleet Academy as well as their first mission together.
Chris Pine as James T. Kirk
Zachery Quinto as Spock
Leonard Nimoy as Spock Prime
Bruce Greenwood as Captn. Christopher Pike
Karl Urban as Leonard "Bones" McCoy
Zoe Saldana as Uhura
Simon Pegg as Scotty
John Cho as Hikaru Sulu
Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov
Eric Bana as Nero
Ben Cross as Sarek
Winona Ryder as Amanda Grayson
J.J. Abrams Star Trek represents the first time in sixteen years since Leonard Nimoy has played the character of Spock.
Originally, Star Trek was slated for a Christmas 2008 release, but it was decided that the film would fair better as a summer blockbuster. It would also allow for more media coverage as well as more time to work on the films visual effects.
This Film also represents the last time that Majel Barrett Roddenberry played the voice of the Enterprise Computer. She died shortly after she had finished her work on the film.
J.J. Abrams' 2009 feature film was billed as "not your father'sStar Trek," but your father will probably love it anyway. And what's not to love? It has enough action, emotional impact, humor, and sheer fun for any moviegoer, and Trekkers will enjoy plenty of insider references and a cast that seems ideally suited to portray the characters we know they'll become later. Both a ...