I’ve been watching Star Trek since the 60s. Seen every episode of every series and every film multiple times. When it became known that J.J. Abrams was going to “reboot” the franchise by redoing the Kirk/Spock/McCoy era I was not pleased. But then I was not pleased when ENTERPRISE came on trying to do a prequel to the original series. (I won’t go into how many ways they messed that up!) Also realizing that the last few films utilizing the Next Generation cast fell short in both creative and box office results I decided I would wait and try not to pre-judge this new attempt. We saw it Saturday in a small theater that was nearly full at 10:30 AM. (And as an aside from someone who knows Star Trek like a lot of younger Jedi-wannabees know Star Wars I can tell you that the best Star Trek has always been their alternate universe/timeline stories of which this movie is the latest.)
I liked it.
When you boil it down to essentials that’s all that matters, I
enjoyed the movie and may even pay to see it again – before the DVD
release, which I may also buy.
I won’t go into a detailed breakdown of the film since, as I write
this, it’s still the movie’s first weekend and I don’t want to spoil it
for anyone who has not as yet seen it.
I will however go into a few points of relief and very slight irritations;
I liked all the new cast.
Scotty was always my favorite character in
the original series and even though Simon Pegg looks significantly different than James Doohan I really enjoyed his portrayal and will
look forward to seeing more of him in the next film, if that happens.
(More Scotty, that is – I’m sure there will be a new ST 2)
Karl Urban is a great new Bones and I
really admire how the writers gave us McCoy’s backstory in one clear,
concise passage of dialogue as he and Kirk met one another.
I was really hoping the Corvette in the
Chasm scene from the trailer was one of those sequences that was shot
for the trailer and would not be in the film.
In the trailer I was irritated by seeing
the Enterprise being built planetside. The design of the ship just
isn’t aerodynamic enough to get into orbit, but the scene passed so
quickly in the movie that it didn’t bother me so much. I was already on
board by then.
I was really pleased to see that this was
not Kirk and Uhura as I had inferred from the trailer. The relationship
they give Uhura is sufficiently weird but not as weird as this would
I’m not going to overthink this movie experience. I realize that for a film to succeed in the mass market today it has to move fast, be thrilling and funny and blow up lots of things. I’ve read internet complaints that there is no substance to this movie, that it’s just a thrill ride. If I want more than that from Trek I’ll watch the new digitally enhanced DVD season sets of the original series I just bought. When I want a good thrill ride with old friends (with new faces) I’ll go back to see the new Star Trek film!