The latest Star Trek film boldly goes where no one has gone before, and it pays off big time. What is quite possibly one of the most popular Sci-Fi franchises of all time received a series reboot with director J.J. Abrams at the helm. It also is a great way to start off a summer filled with blockbuster releases. Will it set phasers on fun? Let’s find out! =)
NOTE: I am not a Trekkie; I love Sci-Fi films and know basic Trek facts, but I am no expert on the subject. I am writing this review for those who want to see a movie that is both entertaining and different. (aka the layman’s review)
Star Trek has some great lines through the entire film, many adding new information to the viewer, but there are plenty of throwbacks to Trek past. Probably the most well known would be Spock and his Vulcan salute: “Live long and prosper.”
The dialogue helps you understand the plot, which can get confusing at times (see more on that later.)
Kudos to the casting crew for this production – we now have a flawless replacement for the crew of the Enterprise, and that is nothing short of a miraculous feat. Star Trek is a legacy in the Sci-Fi world, and it’s unique characters make it so enjoyable for fans.
It’s hard to think of Star Trek without William Shatner as Captain Kirk, but replacement Chris Pine does the job incredibly well (and looks eerily similar to young Shatner). Other notable returns are Spock, Sulu, Scotty, Bones, Chekov, and Uhura.
Here’s where things get tricky in Star Trek. The new film sets out with a new, alternate reality that causes all past Trek events to not apply anymore. There are numerous flashbacks and sometimes the dialogue can be hard to follow, but it’s a great plot and is executed with near perfect accuracy.
In the end, it means that with an alternate reality in place, the starship Enterprise can once again Boldly go. That definitely means sequels in the future, which, if executed as well as the first film, I eagerly look forward to!
The scores of Star Trek were fabulous – both the new and remixes of the old. In addition, the sound effects were both realistic and fantastic. The sound helped make the experience seem real and amazing.
I would have to say that this is one of the best Sci-Fi films I have seen, and it is better than a few of the other Trek films (across the multiple generations of the show) that came before it. This is a great summer blockbuster and a worthy watch for all moviegoers, Trekkies and casual fans alike. The new alternate timeline will allow for some new stories to be told with a younger cast of actors.
Gold Squid Rating
Boldly go and watch this movie!