" Still, it is fun...and it is worth seeing...so long as you shut your brain off long before you walk into the theater. "
Title: Star Trek by Paramount
Format: Major Motion Picture
Reviewing Monkey: Dungapult
Okay, this is going to be a tough review for
me to write for two reasons. First, knowing our audience, I know that I'll be
skinned and roasted alive if I set out too many spoilers...which limits how
much about the movie I can actually say. Second, because I am not really a Trek
It's not that I hate Trek, per se, but that I just don't like it. I did when I was a kid. Specifically, I liked the first and second series (original and Next Gen), but by the time I was old enough to really get into it, I was also old enough take exception to some of the really, really stupid things they do in Trek. And, sadly, almost all of those things are represented in the new movie.
Which is not, of course, to say that the movie's
bad. It's not. It's fun and periodically exciting. It's well produced with great
CGI. It's very, very pretty. It's a nice (though not perfect) nod to the franchise's
history and these characters' pasts.
In other words, it's mindlessly entertaining.
Perhaps most importantly, however, it's also a successful reboot of the franchise. Walking in the steps of Batman Begins, it does a good job of saying, "forget everything that's come before us...we're in virgin territory here" and moving forward. It also does a great, if not absolutely fantastic, job of recasting the original crew. The new Kirk is wonderfully brash and arrogant, the new Spock balances emotion and logic well, and the new bridge crew is completely serviceable (even if they don't get much of a chance to shine).
Absolutely standout, though, are Simon Pegg as Scotty and Karl Urban as Bones. These two hit a perfect balance of bringing the old characters back to life while infusing a new energy all their own. Urban, in particular, acts like he's channeling a much younger, and more vibrant, version of DeForest Kelley and should get whatever the geek form of the Oscars is.
Which, barring a potential award for special effects, is the only Oscar this flick will get within a light-year of.
Still, it is fun...and it is worth seeing...so long as you shut your brain off long before you walk into the theater.