I’m going to try REALLY hard to keep this as spoiler-free on the details as I can, for those of you who haven’t yet seen this movie.
John and I got to double date with my sister Kaatia and her husband last Friday night—our “anniversary date” (11 years for us on May 23. Huge thanks to my mother for babysitting all the sleeping kids!) We decided to see Star Trek at The District.
The theater: very nice! I’ve never been there before. It has automated ticket machines which are very cool and so fast, and you get to choose your seats. My sisters and I are definitely going there to see New Moon on November 20.
And now, the movie.
The Good: It’s very full of action, right from the first second. I was never bored. It’s pretty funny, too, in many spots. And I do appreciate and enjoyed the many nods to Star Trek fans with little details and familiar things. It was also fun to find out how a main character got their nickname (even though I’ve long heard a different reason), and another character’s previously-unknown (to me, at least) first name. The acting was actually pretty good, particularly the main characters of Captain Kirk and some of his officers.
The look of some parts of the ship was fairly cool and the technology was really good, considering this is way before The Next Generation time period. The camera work and special effects were pretty good most of the time, though sometimes the camera was shaking around so much it was hard to see what was happening in some of the big action sequences.
The Bad: The bad guys were terrible. Really, really terrible!!! Did I mention how terrible they were? I can’t imagine what the producer/director/casting director was thinking. For half the movie I didn’t even know what race they were supposed to be because they were so unlike themselves. They came across as bumbling, lame, bald world-wide-wrestling types with a bunch of tattoos. I half expected one of them to throw a chair on the other and jump on his face. And this is supposed to be an alien race that’s injected polite, formal, understated menace and cold, evil calculation every single time they’ve ever shown up in a Star Trek episode?? It was unbelievable.
Also, my main “peeve” about this movie was that one of the characters acted in a way that is totally and completely out of character for himself. He did something that his character would never, ever do. It kind of ruined the movie for me, in a way. Especially since I am a lifelong “Trekkie” and have loved this character since the age of 9, when I first saw re-runs on NBC in the 80’s.
The plot was also a bit confusing in spots and didn’t make sense sometimes.
I was really looking forward to seeing Captain Kirk’s Enterprise updated and on the big screen, but the ship’s interior was completely unrecognizable. Every room, every area was so different and “cluttered” that I had a hard time with that. I wish they had stuck with the look of the early ship, just a bit more modernized. The exterior of the ship was nice—that felt very familiar.
The other main big thing that bothered me a lot was the whole time paradox/alternate reality thing. Here’s what I want to know: because of the events of this movie, does this now change Star Trek history forever? Because if the events of this movie are now considered “Canon,” then that means every single episode of every Star Trek show and movie (with the exception of the very-lame Enterprise, since it came more than a hundred years before Captain Kirk’s time) is now changed and can’t have happened the way they did.
I would be eternally grateful if someone could explain that one to me, and help me not feel so badly over it.
My husband John loved the movie, as did my sister and brother-in-law. John’s perspective on it was, “It’s just a movie. Who cares? Enjoy the shows just like always.” He’s right, in a way. It is just a movie. It was made for entertainment. If I were a person who had little or no exposure to Star Trek previously, I would’ve loved it.
As it is, I am a diehard Trekkie and found it to be sorely lacking in spots, though it was fun and entertaining enough that we will probably buy it on DVD when it comes out.
I would give it 3 1/2 stars out of 5.