i was lucky enough to catch an advanced screening of star trek a couple of days ago, and couldn’t resist drawing uhura for today’s space girl topic on drawergeeks today.
i always thought it was funny how no matter what planet the original enterprise crew would beam down to, it was always a desolate rocky terrain. like there are no other planets in the galaxy that look like anything else but new mexico.
anyhoo- star trek was super fun! my spoiler free review under the cut:
star trek is the refreshing sci-fi movie that i’ve been waiting for. it was just… fun. no silly politics and gray areas. just good fighting evil in spaaaaaace. with an emphasis on the characters rather than special effects (although the effects were fantastic). i wish abrams directed the star wars prequels now.
trek fans are going to love it. there are so many nods to the original series and movies. lots of easter eggs. what’s great is abrams didn’t really change much at all. all of the themes and designs and silly accents- even their outfits are left intact. they were just enhanced for today’s audience- and it works really well. i thought this was going be more of a reboot, but it honestly felt more like a giant hug to the original series. it’s like everything that was great about it without the ham. all it needed was to be taken seriously, and everyone involved did a great job of that.
my only nitpicks weren’t necessarily with the movie itself but with the design of a film like this. like all prequels (which this sorta is and not i guess- to be a bit cryptic for those who don’t know anything about the plot), you never feel that the characters are in any real sense of danger, because, well, you know they are important to later films. and with such a large ensemble cast, you don’t really get to spend a lot of time with some of the more minor characters. although honestly, i was never tired of seeing kirk and spock on screen. pine and quinto did an excellent job of making those characters their own. and i suppose that’s what we have sequels for too. lastly- i would have liked to see more backstory and motivation behind the films villain, nero, although again- it wasn’t HIS story- it was kirk and spock’s.
i also have to say that i loved michael giacchino’s score. it’s similar to how he scored speed racer with integrating little snippets of the show’s theme into his own cues, saving the more familiar overtones for the moments that really call for it. he didn’t overdo it, which was awesome. he’s definitely become one of my favorite composers over these past few years (his next film is Up!).
so yeah- i highly recommend this. don’t go in wanting to be particularly challenged. just go in expecting to be entertained and having a really fun time. its playing on a few imax screens here in town, so i might go try to see it again this weekend. woohoo! summer movies are here!