Monday, August 10, 2009

Star Trek 2009

As we were on vacation, Jen and I thought it was only fair that we take in a movie while we had some time to ourselves. Of course this meant whatever was on the hotel network as we were pretty tired. I wanted Drag Me to Hell. We watched Star Trek instead, and it wasn't bad.

This film covers the story before and leading up to Kirk's captaincy of the Enterprise, spanning years as an enemy from the future shows up in the past looking for Kirk's oldest friend that he hasn't even met yet. Shit goes down, the Federation is in danger and one by one we meet the new versions of the classic series crew as they all team up to save the day and revitalize a sagging franchise, which they succeed in doing. The story is a little wonky at times but fairly solid and despite events in it, won't upset those who consider original films and series canon. The new cast is quite good, particularly Zachary Quinto as Spock, Karl Urban as McCoy and Simon Pegg as Scottie. That's not to say everyone else is nothing to shake a stick at, but those were my favorites. Kirk is played well by Chris Pine and Harold makes a great Sulu and Chekov and Uhura are good too. Even the villains are good at what they do and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves, save for Winona Ryder, who looks like she's scoping out something to steal.

I'm looking forward to the future adventures of this crew, as even with a two hour runtime, it felt like we needed more time with them all once everything go cracking. Well worth checking out on hotel tv or dvd or wherever you can see it. My only caveat is that Laura Hofferman made a better green alien than the one they have and I'll leave it at that.

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