Who would have thought that the new generation of actors would actually impress me in this remake? Chris Pine was born to play this character and although he blew me away (where did he come from?) the real star for me was Spock’s character played by Zachary Quinto. He brought the character back to life with a new flair; the younger-more inexperienced Spock to the teenager- to the young man embarking on an incredible adventure with Captain Kirk. It’s with Spock that the real story begins and ends. What I like most about this film is the incredible thought the writers gave to each character. They added just enough layers to make these characters exciting and new- yet reminiscent.
I’m suprised that this film wasn’t a cheesy Zach Efron-esque vehicle for Chris Pine. This was a movie truly for the Star Trek fans with a consistantly Star Trek enemy and federation standards of operations. The intensity added into the story due to the progression of relationships that we all love from the past was the cherry on top. It’s like being able to ride a brand new Disneyland Star Wars ride for the first time. Everything is renewed and suddenly, the park is fun again- even if you aren’t a kid anymore.
To give you a little taste of the plot, Kirk’s Dad is killed by a rogue Romulan who is out to seek revenge. But wait…it gets good when the plot unveils some really cool reasons why they want revenge. I can’t give it away. Sorry- you’ll have to go read other blogs for that. I think part of the greatness of seeing this film is not knowing too much beforehand. I’d criticize the film for being cliche on a few of the “Star Wars” esque “father dies so you take on the quest on the Enterprise”…but they made it believable with good character development for Chris Pine as well as decent dialogue- so it’s fine…and you buy it.
The special effects in this film are truly unique- down to a hairsplitting..nail biting escapade with the enemy with only seconds to beam back. Yup, this film gives all new meaning to “Beam Me Up Scotty”. Also, you have a great cast with actors from Shaun of the Dead, Harold and Kumar and Miss Zoe Saldana who plays a great Nyota Uhura. Eric Bana plays Nero- the enemy in this film…and the real SPOCK makes a cameo. The story is…when Leonard Nimoy makes a cameo they were actually going to have William Shatner enter in the picture- but they nixed it. Media is reporting Shatner was quite upset at the new generation and new script. After seeing the film, I hope he’s changed his mind.
It’s no doubt this film is going to have sequels galore- and I welcome it. Transformers is merely a crumb compared to this film. You want a good time – go see the film. You’ll be just as surprised as I was.