|Star Trek (11)
||[May. 11th, 2009|12:21 am]
A bit of background - The last Star Trek movie I enjoyed was First Contact (or as most people know it, the Borg one) which is also the only Star Trek movie out on DVD that I still wish to buy.
I refuse to buy the 9th and 10th films. I'll watch them again if someone loans them to me, and who knows, I may re-evaluate my position, but for the moment I feel that Paramount got my money at the cinema, and they ain't gettin' another cent outta me for those lacklustre pieces of crap. I felt dissatisfied while viewing them, and by their respective finales was feeling quite cheated at what we were being given. Overlong, uninspired episodes that weren't even internally consistent and hoped to disguise what they were by wearing tarty clothes and talking dirty.
So, the new film. It's good. It's not mindblowingly brilliant, but it's enjoyable, escapist fun. The only aspect of the plot I could have done without was actually necessary for what they wanted to do, and my dislike of it was simply down to over-use by the franchise. Here it was used to the film's, and franchise's, benefit.
The crew were likable, as they should be. Each of the main cast getting their moment to shine. I'm not sold on the new James T. Kirk, but it's not like I'd be against the actor reprising the role. In fact I hope that he gets the chance.
Well worth a look.
Another chance he will get - Paramount commissioned Star Trek 2 (or 12) back at the end of March.
I still really dig Insurrection - I thought of the four TNG films it was the only one that actually felt like the series it was based on.
I agree about Insurrection, FWIW.
At some point I'll rewatch it, but at the time, I came away feeling it was a waste of a ticket. Not a dreadful movie, but not a big screen adventure, either.
When I rewatch a film, I tend to throw out my previous opinion and judge it with fresh eyes, so who knows, I may come away liking it the second time around. Happened with Rocky Horror and Independence Day, both of which I utterly detested the first time around.
From memory my problem with Insurrection was that it did indeed feel like an episode, and not a very inspired one. Mind you, I wouldn't buy any season boxes of Next Gen past the fourth one.
The version I rewatched was the director's cut, which I didn't mind. It still wasn't good enough that I'd bother owning a copy, but it was ok.
First time around, I was in the same camp as you, insulting crap. Second time around, it was more amusing, sitting there going, "You stupid bastards, you really think you're this good, don't you?", and laughing at the terrible, terrible physics, and the lack of actual thought - a ship a quarter the mass of the moon just exploded near Earth, let's go outside and watch the bits fall.
But they hack alien technology with a mac! What's not to like? Hee.
Did you get Chekov?
For the most part the actors all had something of their character's original actor or were Simon Pegg, so who cares?). All Chekov gave me was a Russian accent. Walter Koenig was so much cooler >.
Actually no, they made Chekov very good at his job. Beaming people as they were falling, to name just one. And none of that annoying claiming-everything-as-a-Russian-invention schtick.
And none of that annoying claiming-everything-as-a-Russian-invention schtick.
Not *yet*, anyway...
(I liked new-Chekov a lot, but I admit I'm not a major Trek fan and I don't remember old-Chekov very clearly.)
Captain Pike clearly has a sense of humour--he gets the guy who can't say "V" to make an announcement about Vulcan! OK, I liked post galaxy Quest (Never give up, never surrender) post Babylon 5 (If I am going to die, I am taking you bastards with me!) Star Trek. So do you reckon it could win a Ditmar?