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Just saw the new Star Trek movie.



No coherent review here, just a few thoughts. That was the quickest two hour movie I've been to in a long time. It's not thinky like the best (IMO) Trek episodes are, but it's fun and fast-paced and entertaining and there's enough character development and interaction to make the things that go boom have some meaning. There's plenty of homage to the original series, which is tons of fun, but it doesn't overshadow the rest of the movie. And for once in the entire forty-year history of the franchise, they leave the reset button alone.

Chris Pine did a fine job at Kirk - all the drive, chutzpah and brilliance of the original, but played in a way that's believable. Karl Urban as Bones was hilariously dead-on. But I was most pleased by Zach Quinto as Spock. The movie is about him more than it is about Kirk, it seems to me, and he pulled it off brilliantly. I fell a little in love with him the moment he told the Council, "Live long and prosper," in a way that meant "Fuck you very much."

Star Trek for me is about the crew, as a group. Ensemble shows are where my heart's at, and this one delivers nicely.

Date: 2009-05-11 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] margrietta.livejournal.com
Oh, I am very looking forward to this! Fun fun!

Date: 2009-05-16 03:06 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
That was such a phenomenally good time! I really think this movie was a triumph of casting - it would been so easy to mess that up and they really pulled it off. I loved Pine as Kirk. He was just pitch perfect. Such a delight! Could have used more Simon Pegg, though. I can't wait for more!

Date: 2009-05-16 03:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] margrietta.livejournal.com
Sorry, that was me!

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