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Quick Thoughts on STAR TREK

BECAUSE I’M NOT ON TWITTER:

May freakin’ 8th … I wake up this morning, draw the curtains in my bedroom and see the ground covered in snow that’s fluttering gently to the ground … gotta love life on the Prairies.

MINI-WATCH LOG POST:

May 8th, 2009: STAR TREK

A good time at the movies but not a pulse-raising, endorphin-releasing experience like, say, last year’s IRONMAN.  I think many of the negative comments I’ve been reading on boards come out of just wanting to be contrarian because I don’t think there are any outrageous missteps or glaring false notes.  The casting, in particular, is spot on.  The only criticism that comes to mind is that the lines for Eric Bana’s villain, Captain Nero, came across very 2009 — so much so that you half expect him to drop an Obama reference or something.  Maybe it was the lines, maybe it was the way Eric Bana delivered them.  Anyway, that’s a small, small complaint.

Random Thoughts:

- Good God!  That was Winona Ryder playing Spock’s Mom in the movie.  I’m now officially an old man.

- Zoe Saldana … whoa!

- Judging from the glimpses I saw of them in the trailer, the compelling hot babes in the G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA look very compelling.

- The trailer for TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN makes me wonder if I should check out TRANSFORMERS.

- The new TERMINATOR is rated PG-13?  What the hell?  So this is what commerce has wrought.  Maybe Skynet should take over humanity now.

Hasta la vista for now.  I’ll be back with some news links.

2 Responses to “Quick Thoughts on STAR TREK”

  1. glenn Says:

    I liked it a lot, not as much as Iron Man. Iron Man managed to be funny, a bit serious in parts, and exciting without overreaching.

    I went in expecting to hate Chris Pine but he was actually very good. Cho, Pegg, and Quinto all perfect in my book.

    I saw the same G.I. Joe preview and thought that it looked SO ridiculous that I have to see it; underwater, kung fu, soldiers, ninjas, explosions, hot leather babes, and so on. Like a film made by a 7-year-old for a 20-year-old.

    Two previews I saw both had scenes of Paris being destroyed (Transformers and Joe); we have CGI and no more ideas?

  2. Sanjuro Says:

    I liked it, too. For me, it was probably the funniest Star Trek film since Part IV. There were plot holes aplenty, and too many coincidences to mention, but somehow, I didn’t really care. It was fun.

    Truth be told, I was really charmed by the film, particularly the performances — Chris Pine (a big surprise), Karl Urban (He makes a GREAT McCoy), and Simon Pegg especially. Quinto plays Spock very differently than Nimoy, which was, I suppose, simply reflective of his arc in the film (hopefully, he’ll settle into a more Zen-like Leonard Nimoy performance, rather than the “I’m using logic to control my pent-up rage” style present in this film). I’m very interested to see where they take things from here.

    I also thought Eric Bana’s line readings were too contemporary. He doesn’t have to sound Shakespearean or anything, but he sounded like he came from a different movie. It was still kind of amusing though.

 
 
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