Tuesday, May 19, 2009

To boldly go . . .

Hubs is a pretty devoted Star Trek fan. He's seen most of the Star Trek movies and the more modern series of the franchise. (He's a big sci-fi junkie.)

Naturally, when he heard about the new Star Trek movie (starring one of the guys from Heroes, which he also loves), he was seriously interested. And when we had the opportunity to go see a movie in the theatre last weekend, I was more than glad to go with him to this one, mainly because a.) I knew it would make his little heart go pitter-patter, b.) I'd heard it was a good movie, and c.) there was nothing else playing that I really wanted to see. (See how the planets align for hubs. Boy, he's one lucky guy! Ha!)

Anyway, now that I - a non-Star Trek fan - have seen the movie, I can offer this unbiased report: THE MOVIE IS AMAZING. Go see it NOW.

You know when you find yourself weeping during the first ten minutes of a STAR TREK movie that you are in the care of a master storyteller. What can I say about J.J. Abrams? The man is a genius. In one fell swoop, he sets the entire plotline of this movie in motion, binds you emotionally to the characters, and frees himself up to do whatever he wants with, not only this movie, but all future movies in the franchise. Brilliant.

And the effects? Flawless. At no time during the entire movie did I find myself falling out of the action to think to myself, "That looks fake." Everything looked real. Insane.

Cast was good, too, with Spock (perfectly-cast Zachary Quinto) serving, oddly, as the emotional center of the film. (Though I don't know if I was ready to accept Winona Ryder as his mother. Ouch.) Simon Pegg was bright and funny as always in a turn as Scotty.

Action moved along quickly, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I anxiously await future installments!!


A. Boyd C. said...

She may be middle-aged and completely bats, but I still love Ryder.

I think Abrams likes to cast women who are ten to fifteen years or more younger than their characters.

On Lost, some of the women are in their mid-to-late-twenties, but their love interests are in their forties even though they're clearly written to be the same age.

It's not that unusual. When Anne Bancroft was in The Graduate, she was only five or six years older than Dustin Hoffman, but her character was supposed to be old enough to be his mom and Fay Wray was in her early forties when she was cast to play Leslie Nielson's mom in Tammy and the Bachelor.

Nicole Bradshaw said...

I grew up watching Ryder, and I just don't think I was quite ready to see her be the mom of a grown man. Yeesh. That stung a bit.