Sunday, August 30, 2009

Star Trek #1, Monday Movie Review, Blog Days of Summer


We may have almost forgot that Star Trek was a summer movie. -- but save the best for first -- This is my favorite movie of the summer.

This movie was amazing. Eric Bana as Nero the Romulan villain. :*

A young McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, Chekov - It is an amusement park ride through a past with a changing future--- it never feels overdone!

Synopsis from Movie Web:
The incredible story of a young crew's maiden voyage onboard the most advanced starship ever created: the U.S.S. Enterprise. On a journey filled with action, comedy and cosmic peril, the new recruits must find a way to stop an evil being whose mission of vengeance threatens all of mankind.

The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), is a thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock (Zachary Quinto), was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger . . .boldly going where no one has gone before!


First, I must confess I was not a diehard fan of Star Trek the television series. I watched episodes, but was really too young to appreciate it as a series.
Okay, it is the same for The Next Generation or Deep Space Nine. Again, I enjoyed many episodes but did not mark it on my calendar. I was, however, a big fan of the Star Trek movies - all 11! I'll never forget the Borg or the crew traveling through time. Some of my favorite science fiction.

I didn't know what to expect from Star Trek 2009. The set up/prologue was fair as it showed the death of Kirk's father and the roots of Captain’s name, James Tiberius Kirk. I loved the scene where a young Jim drives the car to the cliff. . .action at its best. But then suddenly I wanted to puke. The womanizing, drinking, brawling lost kid being invited to join the Starfleet Academy I put on my seatbelt anticipating cliché. That feeling subsided quickly though, as Jim Kirk does take some study/learning seriously.

I won't continue step by step through the movie, for, if you are reading beyond the spoiler banners you've probably seen the movie. I just have make sure to highlight one stand out scene. I think it is the most piercing and grand moments ever in Science Fiction Cinematography. It is near the end when the young Spock faces the older Spock from the future. I want you to know I do not cry easily, but this scene put a lump in my throat, tears stung my eyes. What wonderful thought to be able to go back and talk to your younger self -- especially for Spock when the "future is changing" --It was absolutely brilliant!
two spocks

live long and prosper

IF you haven't seen it - Go see it! You'll be so glad you did :)


Kat Heckenbach said...

LOVED this movie. LOVED it. I was really impressed. As a Trekkie since I was a kid, watching the original, I was afraid this movie would disappoint me, but it really came through!

KM Wilsher said...

I was apprehensive myself, Kat. But this is my number 1 movie pick of the summer :)
Whoo hoo!

Anonymous said...

OH yeah. I saw it, loved it, will see it again! I, too, was apphrehensive, KM, about going. Not a major Star Trek fan, but this one was great. Loved the action and how the characters changed (matured).

KM Wilsher said...

Oh yeah! Lynn, the characters stole the show!

Hilarey said...

Not a Trekie myself, I too LOVED this film. Good Call.

KM Wilsher said...

We are in agreement then, Hilary :) #1 film, summer 2009, is: Star Trek!!!
Thank you for stopin' by!

Ban said...

when it comes out on DVD I'll be first in line ;)

Shawna Williams said...

The Spocks scene made me want to cry too. I grew up in a trekkie household. My mother can describe in detail the bridge layouts of all three main Enterprises from the series and movies,(except maybe this one, but I'm sure she's working on it) plus Voyager. I don't know about Enterprise B and C since they only had brief appearances. I wouldn't be surprised though. I thought that was a fitting fairwell to Nimoy.

I think the new Kirk is kinda hawt. Is that bad? Loved the swollen hand with new McCoy chasing him around.

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Would it be too much to say this movie was one of the best Star-Trek movies of all time? i was really impassioned :)