May 10, 2009

Star Trek review

Star Trek (2009)
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto
Paramount Pictures, Bad Robot

It's hard to put yourself in a position where you're tasked to not only bring new life into a dying series, but to also draw in new waves of fans into it. This is a dilemma writers and directors always face when a reboot sneaks into the picture, and what with the really huge world of Star Trek and the equally huge fanbase (okay, maybe a huge fanbase of nerds), these people have their work cut out for them.

It just so happens, however, that Abrams and crew have hit the jackpot. In sci-fi, time travel usually results in a really messy, convoluted film waiting to fall apart, but the intelligent screenplay and nearly perfect execution rescues the film- and for that matter, us moviegoers- from being truly confused after that big reveal.

What can I say about Star Trek that hasn't already been said, though? Great choice of cast members (my hesitation for the choice of Chris Pine as Capt. Kirk became irrelevant, too), great story, great visuals, great action scenes, great soundtrack (although I don't really consider the Star Trek theme to be memorable), great writing, just a really good reboot across the board. Not only does it succeed as summer fare, it also doesn't feel dumbed down and insulting to fanboys. Basically, this movie has single-handedly beamed Star Trek up to relevancy in the 21st century.

If I had to cite some negative things about it, it would have to be the fact that maybe a bit more character development might be in order, the editing sometimes reaches to the point of confusion during fight scenes, and maybe it was a bit lazy for the writers to use an alternate reality scenario which lets them have the freedom to tweak any part of the Star Trek mythos as much as they want (although it's true that for a dying franchise to be fresh again, some changes just have to be made which will keep the hardcore fans wanting more), but I'm just nitpicking here. In truth, I'm already looking forward to the sequel.

Bring it on, boys.

Rating: 9.3/10

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