Yesterday I went to the movies with my good friend Tom! He has a movie blog at http://thelastreel.blogspot.com/. Please go check it out if you have never been there before!!
We saw 2 movies in one day! The new Star Trek & X-Men movies. We did not plan on a double feature when we started and it was a pleasant surprise to say the least!
We used to go to the movies all the time. Usually on a weekly basis. The rare double feature would come around every now and then. Now if I get out to the movies once a month, it would be a lot!
Enough of the history lesson lets talk movies! Star Trek is first. Full disclosure: regular readers will know that I am a sci-fi fan (geek) with lots of posts of Star Trek, Star Wars & comic posts. To say that I am a fan is an understatement.
That being said, I had high hopes for this new film. I've seen the trailers but stayed away from plot spoilers as much as I could. (Always try to do that with movies I'm really excited for!) The last time there was a Star Trek movie out was 2002's Star Trek Nemesis. The last of the "Next Generation" films. The movie was fair & did poorly at the box office. The historic franchise seemed like it may be over. All Trekkies were bummed to say the least!
When word came out that there was a new film (number 11 for all you keeping track!) in the works, everyone who was a fan seemed to become excited again. A new young cast with a new hip director! The Memorable quote from Star Trek III comes to mind, "Young minds, fresh ideas..."
The movie was to be a reboot/prequel. Geek to English translation: telling the story of Star Trek: The Original Series in a new & different way.
I don't want to spoil the plot for anyone who has not seen it. But it's safe to say that the movie was truly awesome! Everyone in the cast nails their character and makes it their own. (Which is very hard, being that these characters have been around since the 1960's!) Everyone has their moment to shine and the movie needs all of them.
Also it has that certain something that the other Star Trek films seem to be lacking in. That something is hard to pin down, but you know it when it's there & when it's not. Everything in this movie seemed 'more real' if that's possible for a sci-fi film. Everything seemed to really matter. Again without giving too much away, there are events in this movie that fundamentally change the Star Trek universe forever. Which can be good or bad, "...from a certain point of view". But that quote is from another movie....
It is a must see! I cannot recommend it enough. Fans who know the past tv shows and movies will be in their geek glory. Those who don't know Captain Kirk from Luke Skywalker, will also enjoy this introduction to the Star Trek world.
I will stop there and part 2 will pick up later. Part 2 has a guy that really knows how to get his point or points across.