Star Trek–Movie Review

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4 Stars

TRAFFIC COP: Citizen, what is your name?

BLOND PUNK KID: My name is James Tiberius Kirk!

If you were a fan of the original Star Trek TV series, you pretty much have to go see the new Star Trek movie. This is a witty but respectful tribute to the original series, with the same spirit but better special effects.

Director J.J. Abrams reimagines the beginning of the story, showing us younger versions of Kirk, Spock, Bones, Uhura, Scotty, Sulu and Chekov as they enter Star Fleet Academy, meet each other and gradually bond as a team while confronting a threat to The Universe as They Know It.

This probably wouldn’t look as good to someone who was unfamiliar with the original TV show. To someone who didn’t know the original characters and the Star Trek universe much of the humor would fall flat, and many of the actions might seem puzzling. Such a hypothetical naive viewer might judge this to be routine sci-fi, perhaps even somewhat incoherent.

Still, anyone from a hard-core Trekkie to a casual fan will almost certainly enjoy this.

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  1. Daniel R.

    Haha, well said. Although the story and effects were both very well done, it was the characters I have to applaud most of all. They still had the original personalities we grew up seeing (and even the hilarious interactions between them), yet there was still good character development included. It takes some special minds to pull that off in a movie.

    So Star Trek was true to the original saga, yet still managed to breath some fresh exciting life into it. One of the best movies this year, and probably a favorite for the rest of my life. Though like you said… it’s probably just my inner Trekkie talking. :D

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