Posted By Kathleen David on May 8, 2009
Gut review, I loved it. This is the first movie I want to see again in the theater this year and, come to think of it, most of last year as well. It is action in overdrive (or hyperdrive) with some great acting and not a bad script.
The casting works all the way across the boarding. But special kudos to Karl Urban who channeled DeForest Kelly and Simon Pegg who did such a bang up job of as Scotty. It was also nice to see Zoe Saldana having more to do than she did in Pirates and, if there is a sequel, she won’t disappear between films. John Cho and Anton Yelchin were fine as Sulu and Chekov. The leads, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, channeled their inner Kirk and Spock.
It looks great too. The effects are top notch. And the costumes and props look more like the original TV series than I thought they would do. You see hints of it all over the place. Then there are the throw away visuals to the original series. They are there if you look for them including a pesky furry oblong object.
It does need to be seen in a theater and I have heard that the IMAX is indescribable.
I am grateful that the movie was as good as it was.
I liked the rather clever way they made this “not your daddy’s Star Trek” as it were. The idea of Spock Prime causing changes in history that makes all that has gone before relevant but now we have this entire new franchise and worlds to play in. I don’t know the impact this will have on the novels, if any. Now I knew Nimoy was in the movie but I didn’t expect what I saw which is a good thing. I love it when Spock Prime and Spock meet up towards the end.
Lots of action and things blowing up all over the place. It moves fast almost too fast at time but that’s OK. There are no slow parts. There is some shaky cam but nothing that got me motion sick. It wouldn’t been an Abrams film without shaky cam.
I was moved to tears at a couple of points and that doesn’t happen a lot. It made me laugh, cry and gasp all signs that the film affected me.
I want to see it again. I want to put together some of the costumes. Caroline is playing with Peter’s phaser, tricorder, and communicator. They are all sized perfectly for costuming. I am re-discovering my inner star trek fan and, like Doctor Who, it feels too long since I let her out to play.