It isn't until the end that Chris Pine as Kirk "remembers" the mission… MoreIt isn't until the end that Chris Pine as Kirk "remembers" the mission of peace and exploration. Peter Weller, RoboCop himself, is present to bring star wars to Star Trek. Of course J.J. (that camera flare lover) along with the producers seem irrationally intent on turning Trek into something resembling Star Wars. Yet it is an exciting adventure. More of this story takes place on various terra, including at home on Earth, rather than warping through space. Cumberbatch as Khan is a better villain than Nero was. I liked that Khan AKA Harrison has questionable allegiances. This movie corrected a problem that Wrath of Khan had. Khan, the supposed superman, shows that he actually has formidable fighting skills in this one. Kirk and Spock are young enough to physically confront Khan too. The redesign of the ship's engines lead to physical climbing and brute force rather than scientific ingenuity fixing a problem, but at least there is a nice twist to the way Wrath of Khan ended. The other main crew members do and say what we expect from them. About the only thing that is new is that there is more internal conflict in this version of the crew. It is time for them to venture away from Earth. I think it is slightly better than the previous one four years ago. Like that Star Trek, it has me waiting for the next sequel when maybe the characters will get to stretch further beyond one dimension and will return "to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before."
Great action! After all this exposition, I expect the next one can be… MoreGreat action! After all this exposition, I expect the next one can be better. I've always considered myself more a Star Trek fan than Star Wars fan. I watched a lot of The Next Generation series growing up, though even by that time the show was mostly in syndication. I recently watched the entire original series free online and all the feature length movies with the original cast. I've been drawn to the diversity and type of futuristic society portrayed in the Star Trek universe. I appreciate the scientific inquiry and inventiveness. I like the psychological battle between impulsive emotions and evidence based logical reason, that is always a theme whether through Spock or Data.
I had read that JJ Abrams didn't want to be confined or smothered by having to keep the story from contradicting past Star Trek history. Abrams hoped that fans wouldn't reject this revamp because of the things he changed. The story involves Romulans, led by Bana as Nero, and Nimoy returning as Spock in a time travel plot device. So, this time travel changes history and creates an alternate reality. Spock from the future is still aware of the history that fans are familiar with, but the childhood of Kirk has changed among other details. Fate still seems pretty strong in drawing all the main crew members to the Enterprise. Anything could happen in their futures even if not in the way the known time line says it happens.
I liked all the actors who were cast to play these familiar characters! Pegg's introduction as Scotty was delayed a bit too much and Pine's Kirk gets the crap beat out of him a whole lot. I liked that a bigger deal was made of Quinto's Spock being a halfling. It was more action packed than intellectual puzzles to solve and cultural allegory; I would rather see more of those traditional elements. I trust Abrams, mainly from his work on Alias, to include these elements with the sequels. I'm torn between liking and wishing they had done without the scene of present Spock meeting future Spock. I didn't like the slapstick scenes with Kirk's swollen hands and tongue so much. However, these are small dislikes compared to the overall exciting feel of this Star Trek for a new generation.
This documentary aired with The Best of Both Worlds theatrical event.… MoreThis documentary aired with The Best of Both Worlds theatrical event. I have not been able to confirm if it is included with the Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy. The Best of Both Worlds was the two part Next Generation story consisting of the season 3 finale and the season 4 premier. This doc looks at how the main villain, the Borg, was designed. And many of the cast and crew members are interviewed about their work on these episodes. During the summer break, between seasons, several cast members weren't sure if their contracts would be renewed. It was a cliffhanger like "Who killed J.R.?." We also see how some of the special effects were accomplished.
A television tradition during the Easter holidays. DeMille's name may… MoreA television tradition during the Easter holidays. DeMille's name may very well appear in the encyclopedic definition of epic. The production values are lavish. At over three and a half hours long this is probably what most people visually see in their minds when they hear the Bible story. Like the King James translation, whether it is historically or linguistically accurate, it is the authoritative version. The cast is massive. There are character actors and actresses that are in this that I had forgotten or couldn't recognize. Heston is the consummate Biblical hero. Anne Baxter is stunning in gauzy gowns. Brynner is regal as the exotic force keeping the Hebrew people in slavery. Robinson is the slimy embodiment of evil. The special effects are impressive. The movie is long enough, but the ending always feels too swift.
Great soundtrack of Irish tunes. John Wayne's Sean Thornton comes home… MoreGreat soundtrack of Irish tunes. John Wayne's Sean Thornton comes home and promptly falls for Maureen O'Hara's Mary Kate Danaher. This film features Wayne in a role that is more nuanced than his normal macho American sort. This is primarily due to the strength of O'Hara's character. She is breathtaking. Victor McLaglen is the third point in the triangle as Mary Kate's over-protective brother "Red." Sean claims Mary Kate in surprising caveman style. Red and Sean have a lengthy brawl that is quite entertaining. Ford and frequent collaborator on cinematography, Hoch, capture Ireland lovingly, while the script and cast tell a good humored tale.
Surrealistic children's Christmas tale. A soft dreamlike pallet of… MoreSurrealistic children's Christmas tale. A soft dreamlike pallet of colors and music. Even when I was growing up in the late '80s and '90s I remember that this had a hard time keeping my attention for a half hour without dialog and was a bit scary. I appreciated the animation and storytelling more as I got a bit older. I wonder if kids today can sit through this and enjoy the slower pace.