Movie Review: Star Trek
Prinz Lee wrote this review 5 years and 3 months ago
PL's Archive: Written May 8, 09
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going into this film. I’ve never been a fan of “Star Trek” in any way, shape or form, but I do interact with those that are and for weeks having compiled bits and pieces, it did catch my attention. Outside of that, also having read and heard many times from JJ himself the approach he had taken on this film when creating it in a form that would satisfy fans and those who know nothing about the story. JJ not having been a fan of the show or films himself really dissected the substance thoroughly and my hats off the man. He got me and I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed and had so much brain-picking fun with a film before.
Original stories, prequels, and the rebooting of an obsolete franchise can be a tall order for any film-maker to accomplish. Just ask directors George Lucas and Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins) how big a task it can be. Now its J.J. Abrams turn and he’s going for one of the holy grails of science fiction mythology…STAR TREK!, A franchise whose time seem to have ended in film the year 2002 with the underwhelming Nemesis. Unlike Lucas and Hood, who could not create a good movie by taking a beloved universe and explaining their origins all over again, Abrams has seemingly done the impossible. He has created one of the best science fiction movies I’ve ever seen, and he done it with a prequel/origin story.
The screenplay, written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, is also deserving of the praise that is thrust upon this movie. Here’s another example where studios need to take some notes. When it comes to creating a good story for cinema, one must not completely appease to a certain audience. That means striking a balance that will make the hardcore fan base, but also bring in the casual or frequent movie-goer as well. Star Trek’s story is so well and clearly written that whether you’re a Trekkie or not, you’ll enjoy this movie, and if you are a hardcore Star Trek fan, believe me you’ll have moments where you’ll just have to applaud.
Which brings me to the actors, all of whom had big shoes to fill and they all pull it off. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, and the rest of the cast in this film just seem perfect for their roles. For me personally, Karl Urban’s McCoy at times completely stole the show. He just pulls off the one-liners so well and had the entire audience clapping at the nostalgia. The one performance that people might nit-pick about will be Eric Bana’s Nero. He’s not the most memorable villain of all time, but he does his part which is really all that is asked for.
Personally can attest to saying my “Star Trek” cherry was popped and by far one of the best Sci-Fi flicks I’ve ever seen. Better than any “Star Wars” and for sure floors “Wolverine”. Ouch… sad, but true!