Out of a sci-fi series that debuted in 1966 comes one of the biggest franchises in the history of movies and television. It is home to six series and eleven movies, the most recent coming out in 2009 and coincidentally also the topic of this review (in case the headline up there didn’t tell you that already). Here we are 45 years after its debut and four years after (new episodes) were last seen on TV and we have a new one serving as a sort of reboot/prequel where we get to see young Kirk and Spock on their collision course resulting in eternal friendship (otherwise known as BFFs. Yes, I just called Kirk and Spock BFF’s).
Does it seem strange to anyone that the only two people who came out of this film still swinging were Zoe Saldana and J.J. Abrams? Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine haven’t done all too much (totally not counting Carriers). Karl Urban and Simon Pegg were already established, so they don’t count. Neither does Leonard Nimoy because he just freaking retired from film, so I’d say he’s done plenty. Anton Yelchin and John Cho? Yelchin I’d put on par with Karl Urban and the other guy is Harold Lee, so he’s set. But I’m here to critique the movie, not the careers of all the actors.
Right, no this never happened.
Star Trek this time around was brought to us by Captain Lens Flare himself, J.J. Abrams (I tease, but I’ll still watch any move this guy works on). The film seems like a very character based entity as opposed to a lot of storytelling. Hear me out. The story in Star Trek, the 2009 reboot version, was how Kirk and Spock grew up, matured, and became allies. Meanwhile, there is a guy somewhere out there trying to kill Spock because in a few years, Spock kills his family (Star Trek messed with time travel?! You don’t say….)
There wasn’t much this movie did wrong. It had a great start to Kirk’s life (starting from his birth- a scene which is considerably pivotal for reasons beyond giving birth to the main character) as well as Spock’s as it zeroes in on him being half Vulcan and half human. I loved how the crew was seemingly pulled together randomly with actors whom we all recognize for Star Trek crew 2.0. I’ve got money on you having seen at least one movie or TV show with each actor (Star Trek may or may not be said movie…).
And amazingly just one alumni made an appearance…
I had what I thought was a valid second beer during the movie but failed to write it down. That said, I’ve been sitting here and walking around a little thinking of the movie, trying to remember what my gripe was. Truth is, the only bad thing I can think of was the constant lens flares that I made fun of earlier. Beyond that, you have a simple story based almost completely in character development as opposed to something actually happening. You have an awesome cast, and as Oscar will tell you, some damn good make up. In my eyes though-even being a geek-the movie doesn’t join the ranks of other 5 star/1 beer movies. This doesn’t mean anything is necessarily missing; it is just this reviewer’s personal opinion.
What I’m really saying in this review is that the movie rocks. I remember it coming out after X-Men Origins: Wolverine and that left a horrible taste in my mouth because of the abysmal FX that a company like 20th Century Fox decided to put on their summer blockbuster. Make no mistake, Star Trek will rock your wor…galaxy. Oh, and just because Nimoy played Spock Prime, don’t expect to see Shatner in there at all…not even as Kirk… (Prime?)
Sorry guys, not this time. Instead, go watch my show- based off a Twitter account- Sh*t My Dad Sa…oh wait
As a consolation prize, you get this though:
Kirk vs Kirk in an arm wrestling match: your argument is invalid
Bonus Drinking Game
Take a shot: every time Kirk is punched
Take a drink: every time Kirk defies an order/gets in trouble
Take a drink: for numb tongue!