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nuTrek [May. 12th, 2009|10:28 pm]
Beemer
Star Trek thoughts

So I think my overall reaction to the movie can be summed up by noting that there were certainly flaws, and I even noticed them, but I Just. Didn't. Care. because I was having too much fun. This seems to be a pretty common reaction.

Acting: The actors all did a really good job of being those characters without being parodies or imitations of the original actors, which is really impressive, and probably the single most important thing in making the movie work. I loved Simon Pegg's Scotty, of course, (though I was more persuaded once he took his hat off) and Karl Urban's Bones is really just stunningly good. I almost want to say that Zachary Quinto does a better job at being Spock nowadays than Leonard Nimoy, but that probably is more about Spock Prime being much more in touch with his human side than Young Spock. Yelchin's Chekhov didn't do much for me (it's petty, but I found his hair distracting), but Zoe Saldana's Uhura is just... wow. (And I have to confess: I kept thinking that Spock's mother looked really familiar, and then Winona Ryder's name came up in the credits and I was all "she was in this movie? Where?" and it took me a good minute to figure it out...)

Science: The pseudoscience was, of course, terrible, but it says something that it didn't really bother me. I think it's because while there was a lot of Physics Doesn't Work That Way, it wasn't so much that they hadn't thought through the implications of the technobabble as they were just using the wrong words for it, so I cheerfullyly handwaved some excuses in the plot's direction and was satisfied. Like, yeah, that's not at all what a supernova is, but if you assume they actually meant to say "warp nova" or something, it's fine. Likewise, change "black hole" to "subspace singularity" or whatever and it's all good. (I did like the red matter.)

Plot: I guess what I will say about the plot is that it did its job, which was to string all the individual good bits into a mostly coherent whole. There were logical nitpicks aplenty that mostly just fell before the power of Good Story. Why were there only two guys guarding the drill head, and why didn't they just shoot Sulu and Kirk? Because FOLDING KATANA OF AWESOME, SO SHUT IT, that's why! Having the Enterprise emerge from the clouds of Titan was gratuitous and lousy physics, but it put a stupid grin on my face nevertheless.

Misc: The shout-outs to the Trekkie Old-Skool scattered throughout were lovely, and mixed nicely with the completely new bits. Somebody suggested that the reason Uhura wears a totally non-military miniskirt is that it's a standard uniform option for officers of all genders and species, and she wears it because it makes it easier to kick people in the face with her awesome boots. I like this theory and am adopting it. (The relevant question being, which male crewmember do we want to see in a skirt first?) But sadly, it was part of a non-negligible dollop of the very tiresome "men are strong, women are sexy" signal that we get far too much of in our popular culture. On the plus side of the memery, though, somebody else called it a very "Obama-era" movie, in that it's about a diverse team working together to solve problems, rather than One Lone Man's fight. Oh! And I was pleased to notice they actually had people talking over one another just like they do in real life, which is something you very rarely see in movies.

So, yeah. All in all, I have to say I was well and thoroughly entertained by it. I may even go see it again. (Though hopefully they won't have the sound quite so loud if I do.) It looks like the franchise may continue to have a long and prosperous lifetime.
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[User Picture]From: alpha_orionis_v
2009-05-13 05:16 am (UTC)
FOLDING KATANA OF AWESOME, SO SHUT IT

There was a house-wide geek gasp when he whipped that out.

The relevant question being, which male crewmember do we want to see in a skirt first?

I'm pretty sure Scotty could be arranged for ya. ;)


But I agree on everything, here. There were errors, but they were the sort I expect from a Summer Blockbuster Sci-Fi film, so it was easy to tell that little voice in my head that usually makes it hard for me to enjoy a film to piss off, and just keep watching the film.

Honestly, I'd be surprised if at least one more film with this crew wasn't made. Usually you'd sign up to do three, with a film of this sort, but somehow, I don't see that actually happening.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2009-05-13 06:15 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure I heard that the cast all signed three-picture contracts. So we'll probably get a second film at the very least.

And I have seen the pictures of Simon's kilt at the London premiere, so we have our first off-screen skirt...
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[User Picture]From: alpha_orionis_v
2009-05-13 06:17 am (UTC)
Honestly, after watching him dry hump Edgar during the Fuzzball Rally, I don't think anything that man does will ever surprise me.
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[User Picture]From: joebehrsandiego
2009-05-13 05:53 am (UTC)
Seth - Thanks for the great review; it's very much (with more technical backstory on your part) what I got out of the film.

Over on my FB is a dialogue specifically about quibbles with the Iowa-based part of the story. :>)

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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2009-05-13 09:13 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it!
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2009-05-13 09:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that actor guy. I don't know about him. Seems a bit weird...
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2009-05-13 09:15 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised at how many people have told me that! Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: goddessdster
2009-05-13 02:31 pm (UTC)
But sadly, it was part of a non-negligible dollop of the very tiresome "men are strong, women are sexy" signal that we get far too much of in our popular culture.

Thank you. You are the only member of my flist to point that out after seeing the movie.

Aside from the science stuff (to which I have always waved my hand out of gleeful ignorance), I believe we are in agreement about everything. Not that you needed my input on that (or didn't already know if you'd read my posts on it), but still.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2009-05-13 11:19 pm (UTC)
It's all these darn feminists I hang out with online... They make me notice stuff.

I was really happy to discover that M.A.S.W.A.S. phrase on metaquotes because it sums up the issue in a way that makes it so much easier to identify and articulate what's troubling about those kinds of things. I'm planning to work on including "men are sexy, women are strong" in my own writing, but that's just an inversion of the meme; I feel like there ought to be an even better counter-meme that goes in totally different directions. I just don't know what it is...

Edited at 2009-05-13 11:19 pm (UTC)
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From: detailbear
2009-05-14 12:25 am (UTC)
As I read that, my brain flashed "Men Survive; Women Endure." Not sure if that is a helpful direction, but feel free to include it.
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[User Picture]From: kev_bot
2009-05-13 03:28 pm (UTC)
This is a perfect review. I went with a group of guys ranging from hardcore Trek psychos to "Well, I saw three episodes of Voyager" and every one of them loved it. As did I. When I first heard "reboot," I was so, so hesitant. This movie made me collapse in layers of squee, and I couldn't be more pleased.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2009-05-13 09:18 pm (UTC)
Aw, shucks...
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