Friday, May 08, 2009

Review: Star Trek (2009)

I wish, going in, that I had some basic knowledge of the original Star Trek series. I feel like it would've been more special. Even so, the minute this film started, I was engaged, and already very much emotionally invested.

Star Trek is a blast. Each actor (except maybe Zoƫ Saldana) brings something different to the table. Chris Pine (Capt. James T. Kirk) had his looks against him for me. I thought for sure his prettiness would overshadow the weight he needs to carry, but he's actually really charismatic. Zachary Quinto, apart from having Spock covered in looks, just nails his calm and measured demeanor. Karl Urban's performance as doctor Leonard McCoy is at times campy, but it works. Delivering lines like "Dammit man, I'm a doctor, not a physicist!" in our modern times can be tricky. Luckily it added just the right amount of humor to an otherwise tense situation. I've been an Eric Bana fans for years, but I thought his performance was slightly ridiculous as Captain Nero of the Romulans.

I needed me some Simon Pegg, and with 40 minutes to go I finally got my first look at him as Scotty. I could be biased, but he absolutely stole the entire movie. He takes what he's best at and integrates it into a small role to make a lasting impression. I made sure to check right away to see if a sequel is planned, and there is. So thank god Pegg doesn't end up being criminally underused.

Then there were themes of time-space continuums, alternate realities, parallel universes... Sounds like J.J. Abrams. I didn't necessarily follow all of it (it was really damn confusing), but I was still in the movie the whole ride and I didn't want it to end. I think I need to see it at least 12 more times before the Summer is out. Definitely one of the best of the year so far, and you would be unwise to miss it.

Recommended? Absolutely.

Grade: A

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