Sunday, May 10, 2009

About the Star Trek movie

Saw it Saturday and loved it. A film that understands Trek's core appeal -- the characters and their relationships. Heart and humor, humor and heart. No surprise that it's a big hit. Almost everything works just right. Trek history isn't trashed, but the new stuff is genuinely fresh instead of handcuffed with baggage. The movie is visually fun without being a slave to effects. A five-star movie.

Still, I gotta ask: The plot hinges on a time-travel paradox and isn't that just a tiny bit disappointing? Even when well done, must that always be the crux and the crutch?

5 comments:

  1. There's something romantic and ephemeral about time travel. It's something many of us would like to experience but realize it's beyond our grasp in this lifetime. Perhaps that's what makes it so intriguing...

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  2. Hey Chris. You a dedicated Trekker?

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  3. Trek was pretty broken and they didn't really have to address the continuity if they didn't want to. Certainly if you look at "Enterprise" and the whole temporal cold war subplot, continuity was pretty much thrown out the window. I think that the new movie did a fantastic job at creating something new while tipping a hat to the old. The characters were engaging and the script was great. I really think this was the best Trek movie since "Wrath of Khan". I look forward to see what they do next.

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  4. The time travel was only there to cater to the Canon bigots who needed an excuse to rewrite/reboot history. If not for that need, the time travel could have been left out without changing the movie in any significant way, except removing the Nimoy character, I guess. But he was fairly superfluous to the plot anyway.

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  5. JJ Abrams and his team can do no wrong.

    Star Trek was terrific fun. Between ST, LOST and the amazing FRINGE series, I will follow where Abrams directs.

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