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Star Trek (2009)
'Bout time someone cared enough to make great Trek **Spoilers**
So, yesterday I looked online to see the show times for Trek and lo, the theater I was going to had not only a midnight showing but a 7 and 9:30 PM showing as well for Thursday. Giddy as hell, I asked my boss, pleaded practically, to let me go be a geek for the evening. Afraid that my fellow geeks you descend upon the theater in droves, I got there six hours early and purchased tickets for both the 7 and 9:30 shows. With hours to kill, I watched 17 Again, which was pretty dern good, I even got a tickle in my nose there at the end. But anyway
Since learning that there was going to be a new Trek film, the geek portion of my life has been filled with nervous anticipation and sitting there in that seat was the culmination of all that worry and trepidation. The lights dimmed, trailers rolled by and It took me a moment to realize that the fist frames were of a ship flying by at close range. Radio chatter. Faran Tahir walks onto a dimly lit bridge. Hey, Hey that's the guy from Iron Man! Thus starts an absolute thrill ride where for the next 2 hours I am pulled back into a universe I had invested countless hours in but had never quite been satisfied with.
JJ and crew have done what I wish Berman and even Roddenberry had done. He has taken this franchise and breathed new life into it. There was an engaging story AND eye candy. I have always believed that the actors of the various shows and the fans and maybe a few writers were the only ones to truly care for the universe of Trek. The rest were money grubbing turds. Yes, even Roddenberry. (**gasp**) He gave birth to the idea and for that I will be forever grateful but even he fell into greed. But that's just my opinion.
I could go on and on about the actors performances. I'll keep it short by simply saying that all of them were fantastic. Even Anton Yelchin, who I had heard was a bit annoying in his interpretation of Chekov but there were a few times when I swear I could hear Walter Koenig. And if Zoe can move me with just a few lines, I greatly anticipate seeing more from that woman. And Spock beat the snot out of Kirk. Not gimmicky looking punches but a very brutal, visceral attack. Like I said, I could go on and on. One more thing, for those who think Simon Pegg was the comic relief, I think Chris Pine held his own on that point. "Well not only." HA! Classic.
The story. Yes, I've heard from a few die hards that the story failed on many points. I very much disagree, though there were a few holes. I do feel they should have spent a bit more time on Nero's character. As well as explained the whole time/alternate universe thing. Don't get me wrong. I got it. Personally I don't think it's that hard a concept to grasp but I'm looking at it from a non fans point of view. I read the Countdown story so I had the background but more of that should have been in the film. Eric Bana kinda got shortchanged on there. Someone asked the question, "Where the hell was the rest of Starfleet?" Well, they were in the Lorench (?) system or something. But still, a few defenses around Vulcan and Earth were in order. The only thing the bothered me, being military and all, was Kirk going from cadet to Captain in a few days, but hey, it was still a damn good story and a great first film.
About the eye candy. Yes, there was quite a bit but it was so beautiful in execution. Damn did they do a great job. It never took over. Okay, maybe once when the Enterprise came outta warp behind Titan (Hope y'all caught that nod). But it was a glorious shot. Perfect. And speaking of the new E, oh boy did she grow on me. To quote, "I'd love to get my hands on her ample nacelles." The visuals helped tell the story and except in that very necessary instance never became more important than that story. Understand, I watched the movie twice. The first was to get the googily eyes out of the way, the second to look at it a bit more critically. I might have failed a bit in that attempt, but like I said, this film is platinum. Oh! I didn't say that yet. Oh well, now I did.
I give this film ten stars, or two and a half thumbs up, or four outta four, or whatever, despite it's few flaws, for one simple reason. Everyone, even the dreaded Paramount and CBS powers that be (even if not for altruistic reasons) gave a damn about this universe and the characters. For a long time Trek fan (note: not FANatic) it's very refreshing. To actually care about what you are putting your name on. Imagine that!