Before I go into anything here, a quick disclaimer: I am not a Trekky (sp?). I have seen a few episodes of the various shows (mostly Voyager and DS9), but I never really got into the fandom. So, if you want a review by a fan, maybe deadra will write one someday or maybe she’ll leave her comments here.
Star Trek tells the beginning of it all – how everybody got to know each other, how Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Kirk (Chris Pine) became friends and how everything started on the Enterprise.
After the death of his father (Chris Hemsworth), James Kirk grows up to be a rebel, constantly challenging the rules around him. He joins the Star Fleet, where he soon excels – and meets new friends, Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and McCoy (Karl Urban). Soon they all get pulled into the troubles arising from a Romulan ship that seems to be stranded in time.
Despite a few plot holes, Star Trek is a very entertaining movie with good acting, a nice sense of humour and perfect special effects. Having never really liked the show(s), I didn’t expect much but I was definitely pleasantly surprised and had a lot of fun – also as a not-Trekky. [Though deadra did have to explain a few things to me – there were some insider jokes I didn’t get.]
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The casting was spot on – much is being said about Zachary Quinto’s Spock, who really is perfect (except for one scene where I thought, “Holy shit, how did Sylar get there?”). [Oh and best use of “Live Long and Prosper”! I didn’t know you could put so much venom in that phrase.]
But I also want to especially point out Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and Anton Yelchin (Chekov) – I thought that they all were really good.
In fact, the only weak point in the casting was Winona Ryder. Nothing against her per se, but she’s only a whopping 6 years older than Zachary Quinto – why did she have to play his mother? I kind of would have understood if they showed her as a young woman at some point in the movie – but they never do! Seriously, did someone see Edward Scissorhands and thought, “Oh, Old!Winona is incredibly authentic, let’s do that again?”
Also, I want to give a shout out to Chris Hemsworth – he has like 10 minutes screen time and manages to get you completely emotionally involved in that short time. Plus he really looks like Chris Pine.
Eric Bana is getting some bad reviews for his performance but I think that the fault, in this case, lies with the writers – Nero, his character, is not only a weak villain, he’s a very weak character in general.
As I mentioned above, the writing has its issues (if I can recognise bad science, something really is off). Especially when it comes to the matter of black holes, [Why do you need to shoot someone who is being pulled into a black hole and risk being pulled in yourself (for that matter, how do you avoid being pulled in?)? How can a black hole make time travel possible? Why do they need to drill a hole into the planets core?], time travel [So, because your planet was destroyed you get pulled through time into the past. Do you a) take revenge on the guy who really tried to save your people but failed or do you b) get to your planet asap and evacuate it, thus saving everyone – also your wife?] and the Giant Planet of Suspension of Disbelief (aka where Kirk meets Spock Prime).
But contrary to the suckfest (aka Wolverine), I really didn’t care that much about these plot holes, because the rest of the movie was good. And honestly, the whole disparaging timelines thing, giving room for a completely new series, was a stroke of genius.
I also really liked the Nyota/Spock pairing – that really worked for me.
Oh God, and the Vulcan bullying! *rofl*
The special effects were absolutely brilliant. The Romulan ship looked awesome. And when we saw Vulcan crumble, it looked completely amazing.
So, from a non-Trekky view, this movie delivered everything it promised to. While not perfect, it still gets two thumbs up from my side.