Director: J.J. Abrams
Writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman
Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg
Storyline: “The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father’s legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.” IMDB
I remember watching this film when it was originally released, I enjoyed it at the time but cannot really recall the storyline or much else about it. Apart from the fact that its got the wonderful Simon Pegg playing Scotty. Although something I grew up with Star Trek the TV Series was never really a staple for me, I much preferred the British Doctor Who. I do however have one of my strongest memories of going to the cinema to see Star Trek II : The Wrath of Kahn for a friends birthday, looking at its release date my guess is I was 8 or thereabouts. My strongest memory of this film was the Ceti eels being placed into Chekov’s ear as part of an interrogation / torture.
Star Trek, Trekkies (if that’s how you spell it), Spock, William Shatner, crazy people at Comic-con, that is the extent of my knowledge of Star Trek. Honestly well into my teens I would regularly confuse it with Star Wars. From my perspective I feel like there are 100s of Star Trek tv shows and movies. The whole thing is just kind of lost on me, it seems like the dorks answer to soap operas (don’t get me wrong, I love dorks, and married to one). I am not really looking forward to this, but get more excited when Brit Boy informs me this is the latest remake. At least we get to watch a current film, it’s been awhile.
Set The Scene
Kids in bed, Date Night in front of the tv, wine of course……
Although I remember the film from 10 years ago, it was nice to watch this again with a fresh pair of eyes, what became apparent very early on was the number of stars who I had forgotten were in the film Winona Ryder, Chris Hemsworth and Zoe Saldana to name a few.
Well I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this film, it had the right amount of comedy (Simon Pegg at his glorious best), action which I think goes without saying and the writing was impressive for a “Space Opera”. At just over two hours the film was just right in length I never felt the need to clock watch and the ending certainly wasn’t rushed with a reliance on Deus ex machina, something which seems all too popular in this genre.
This was so much better than I thought it would be! I actually enjoyed it all, action, humor, love, clever banter. There is definitely something for everyone (ahem Chris Hemsworth). It surprised me that the film had great stand-alone merits, it is completely enjoyable even if you know nothing about Star Trek. Compared to all the modern superhero movies, I definitely enjoyed the fact that the action involved outsmarting your enemy as opposed to just trying to crush them with sheer force.
I absolutely think that this deserves a place on the list it will be interesting to see if Star Trek makes another appearance higher up.
I definitely still don’t consider myself a Trekkie, but this does deserve to be on the list. I can appreciate that “Star Trek” has a cult following so I am glad the die hard fans are represented on this list. (I would actually be curious to know what the die hard fans thought of this movie…)
It looks like it didn’t go down too well with Trekkies, a lot questioning J.J. Abrams reboot and not sticking with the original characterization etc. I tend to disagree I think change needs to occur for a reboot, it’s an opportunity to bring a new generation and audience to the franchise.
Footnote – Six Degrees of Sir Richard Attenborough
Zoe Saldana and Chris Hemsworth appeared together in Avengers: Infinity War with Robert Downey Jnr. Downey Jnr. played the lead in “Chaplin” directed by Sir Richard Attenborough.