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May 16, 2009

Star Trek. Yes. And Departures with Mr. Bond.

I tend to be a fault-finder when I go to movies at the theatre.  All the bad stuff amplified on screen and in surround-sound, plus the cost of admission, snacks, and sitting in one place for 90 minutes makes it easy for me to get annoyed by flaws.  That said, I enjoyed the holy crap out of Star Trek.  If ever there was a movie with potential to disappoint or annoy me, this was it. But I loved it.  I might even do the unheard of and see it -again- in a theatre, but this time at IMAX in Raleigh, now that I know it doesn't shake so much that it would disturb me.

My one modest disappointment (no spoilers, here) is that they didn't use any of the footage from the first Trailer, which K and I saw before the slighty better than "meh" Quantum of Solace.  Imagine seeing this trailer in a dark theatre if you didn't know it was about Star Trek:

Casino Royale may have been the last theatre movie that didn't disappoint or annoy me in any way. Coincidentally, Casino Royale and Star Trek are both movies that gave themselves license to move forward with a new take on an old series. Casino Royale introduced an emotionally complex Bond who declared his independence from the old Bond* in this brief dialogue with a bartender:

James Bond: [after Bond has just lost his 10 million in the game] Vodka-martini.
Bartender: Shaken or stirred?
James Bond: Do I look like I give a damn?

Star Trek's departure is done in a different way, but it's just as clear.


*actually, he's also declaring his independence from the Bond of ~15 minutes earlier, who ordered his martini with much detail.  A Bond who changes because of how he feels.  Fascinating.  Much like the new Spock.

01:37 AM in Reviews | Permalink


"Bartender: Shaken or stirred?
James Bond: Do I look like I give a damn?"

If ever I need an explanation as to why I don't watch movies... I MUST remember THIS. The culture absolutely, positively doesn't require or even need "an emotionally complex Bond." Heresy, I say.

Posted by: Buck | May 17, 2009 10:15:41 PM

Phil: I have to agree with you on the relative merits of Casino over Quantum. And like you, I loved the new Trek. Still, there were a few problems, I thought. You'll find my reflections on it here. Enjoy.

Posted by: Doc | May 28, 2009 7:01:17 PM

Yeah, this trailer rocked. I thought the movie was a good action movie that happened to have the same character names as Star Trek. It was not very Trekky at all. A prequel dealing with politics, science, and intellectualism at the time humans begin serious space exploration would have been more appropriate as a Star Trek movie, but it might not have sold so many tickets of course.

Posted by: Elrond Hubbard | Jun 15, 2009 1:00:08 PM