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12 May 2009 @ 09:11 am
star trek (only minor spoilers)  
I thought Star Trek was great, easily the most fun I've had at a movie since Speed Racer. Sure, the plot wasn't that compelling. In fact, it was basically one of those lazy Susan things that sits on your table at a Chinese restaurant, spinning around to serve up something new every few minutes. And the villain played by Eric Bana was so laughably forgettable that I can't even remember any of the scenes he was in. In fact, all I really recall of him was thinking that they should have had Nine Inch Nails blaring on the stereo in his spaceship scenes.

But you know what? None of that mattered, because all they really had to do for this episode... ahem... film.... was to get the characters right, and boy did they ever do that.

Chris Pine is Kirk. As I've gotten older, I've appreciated Shatner's portrayal of Kirk more and more, and Pine nailed everything I love about the character. The swagger, the smirk, the torn-up rulebook, the boldly going for lady after lady, and the getting to captain a starship mainly because you throw a really great right hook. I even think the Rebel Without a Cause vibe they gave young Kirk worked well.

I was kind of prepared to dislike Zachary Quinto as Spock, mostly because of the inconsistent writing on Heroes, but he was really good. It was a very sensitive and faithful reinterpretation of Nimoy's portrayal. Of course, I dig Spock best when he's busting at the seams between his human and Vulcan halves and this movie certainly delivered that.

I don't know Karl Urban at all, but he was so Leonard McCoy it was scary. DeForest Kelley's children must have had chills watching him on screen. Even though the script forgot about Bones as soon as the action started, he definitely left his mark on the film in a big way.

I mostly liked the way they portrayed Uhuru, updating her character from receptionist in space to xeno-linguistic expert, but I hope they let her have more fun in the next film. She was just a little too no nonsense for me. She can be a smart officer while still being the one who sings to console her lonely shipmates and falls for Tribbles. I thought Zoe Saldana did very well playing her and of course she looked super hot.

I love Simon Pegg and was pleased that he played Scotty with all the excitability that I remember from the show. I'm sure his Scottish accent was better too. John Cho did fine as Sulu, although he seemed less interested than the others in channeling his predecessor. I don't have much to say about Chekov, because for me he was never more than a Davey Jones lookalike who mixed up his Ws and Vs.

I also don't remember much about the original Captain Pike, outside of the unfortunate state he ended up in, but Bruce Greenwood (John from Cincinnati) was awesome in the role. He only had a few lines, but every time he spoke I was wrapped around his little finger, so I could totally buy his power over Kirk.

So, in short, great film. Bring on the next one!

Listening to: Ned's Atomic Dustbin - "Kill Your Television"
The Mud Puppy: London's Sunglassesmudpuppy83 on May 12th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
It's funny; I was prepared to hate Zoe Saldana because she was too emaciated-looking to play Uhura, but she did a pretty good job of actually getting the character. I still think she looks...odd as Uhura, but she played it well.

I definitely agree with your assessment of the film, though. I had a blast and it really did feel like seeing the old crew back again.

But yeah, Nero just might be one of the lamest Star Trek villains ever. I was more intimdated by the goofy Klingons in Star Trek V for cripe's sake.
...: Blutkindwyndebreaker on May 12th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
Dude, Winona Ryder as Spock's mom.

Talk about a MILF.
(Anonymous) on May 12th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to know.
It's time to meet up.
ghibli_geek on May 12th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
Karl Urban was Eomer in the Lord of the Rings movies.
JuhnDonn: velveetagilmoure on May 13th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
And Eric Bana was Boromir. I wonder who Aragorn and Eowyn could play in Star Treck?
The Mud Puppy: No No Nomudpuppy83 on May 13th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
Umm...Sean Bean was Boromir. Eric Bana wasn't in any of The Lord of the Rings movies.
JuhnDonngilmoure on May 13th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)
D'oh! Totally true. Got Troy and LotR mixed up. Watched two LotR, Troy, and Pirates 3 last Saturday while spring cleaning. Going through most of a 12 pack of beer last weekend didn't help either. Thanks for the heads up.
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on May 13th, 2009 01:26 pm (UTC)
The fan fiction about a prototype holodeck malfunction practically writes itself...
everybody hates a tourist.dynamine on May 13th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
karl urban was one of my favourite things about the movie--period! i really cannot wait for another one. are they even going to go forward with more?
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: devilish tantrumassmonkeydiary on May 13th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
Yup, as soon as they saw the weekend box, the deals went into motion.
Pallaspallasathene8 on May 13th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
I thought the villain had a noteworthy amount of stubble. Every time he was onscreen, that was mostly what I thought about.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: icegrafassmonkeydiary on May 13th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
Heh... K. and I were watching the wedding episode of some CW teen soap opera and not a single guy at the wedding, including the groom, had shaved off his three day stubble. I was just like "Really?"
Pallaspallasathene8 on May 13th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
Well they can't be ruggedly handsome teen soap stars with a clean shaved face.

I'm not sure I would have noticed Bana's stubble or at least not been bothered by it if it was not for the fact that there was also the face tattoos. There was just entirely too much going on on his face.
Kegboy: NsfuWkegboy on May 14th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
I liked the movie, for the most part, but found there were too many unecessary lines which were nothing more than obvious shout out to the fans lines. I was expecting the cast to start making air quotes whenever they said one.
Didnt like the Kirk. Was there ever a ledge he didnt have to hang from?
And Sulu..yay! You have sword training. Thank goodness those are used enough to merit having one on your back... use a phazer, thats what they're there for! Grrr. The more I think of it the more I don't like that movie.