I never got to watch that much t.v. as a kid due to an overzealous mom with a penchant for giving out “extra homework”, but when I did have the time to zone out I had three faves: M*A*S*H, Family Ties, and Star Trek. Actually, they were my moms faves but I didn’t pay rent so I had no choice. Star Trek was awesome…in hindsight the special effects were horrible and the dialogue was kinda cheesy but back then the fact that there was a Black woman in space was absolutely fascinating. So naturally I jumped at the opportunity when Steels told me that we had a chance to see an advance screening of the new Star Trek movie last night. The verdict? Awesome. Plain & simple.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, the movie tells the origins of the shows characters and how they all came to serve on the U.S.S. Enterprise: Captain Kirk, Uhura, Scottie, Sulu, Chekov and Bones in ways that are organic and fluid. All of the actors remain true to the personalities of their characters, especially Bones, played by Karl Urban. If you remember, Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy was always a little pessimistic but dependable in a crunch, Urban manages to humanize his passive-agressiveness with humour that sometimes approaches the line of cheesiness, but stays real.Â Zoe Saldana is a solid Uhura while retaining the classiness that Nichelle Nichols originally gave to the role. She also has an unexpected hook-up in the movie but you will just have to see that for yourself. Captain Kirk, played by relative newcomer Chris Pine was an unexpected relief from the mold that William Shatner created. He retains the frat-bad-boy image but gives the new character more of an intellectual edge that makes you take him more serious. All of the new characters are great, but my fave, as is my fave in the original series is Zachary Quinto’s portrayal of Spock. I’m so glad that Adrien Brody did not get this role. Quinto completely owns this role and manages to bring a complexity of emotion to the traditionally emotionless Spock without compromising the original character. Real talkâ€”I’d totally date Spock. Oh! And yes, Leonard Nimoy comes back to play himself, its great…he’s great and I just want to give him a hug.
A word of advice, get to this movie on time. There is no slow lead-in to the story, it starts from the first second with action and leaves you unable to move out of your seat as it builds. It’s not a random, “let’s just blow shit up” but rather a chain of events that unfold into a great story. This certainly isn’t the “cocktail hour” that the original show was at times, but rather a wild ride that manages to stay believable and spontaneous. If you see it at an IMAX theatre be prepared to shield your eyes a bit, the lens flares are bright as hell but it is soo worth the eye damage. So I know what I’m doing for Mother’s Day now, Parlour approved.
ps. The movie does have one flaw. And it’s name is Tyler Perry…could they not find another black actor? Denzel? Cornell West? Morgan Freeman? Don Cheadle. I think I am T-P’d OUT!
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