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  • jeremyp
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    While I enjoyed the movie I have to admit to some dissapointment. It certainly did not boldly go where no ST movie has gone before. It reminded me of the same old same old, with new faces. It allows for a new series, and new fans, but I was hoping for a quantum leap away from the same old story lines and, by now, CGI ho-hum. It was sort of like a reunion of old high school buddies, full of zip but little depth. I suspect the older of us may like it less than the younger set, or perhaps I am just getting too curmudgeony.

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  • JRM
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    Originally posted by Marlow
    Originally posted by JRM
    The wife and I will be seeing the 2:35 show on Friday
    Damage Report!
    Very enjoyable! As you suggested, TONS of nods to the original series (some very, very subtle) while developing a new mythos for the characters. The sound effects of the ships, transporters, communicators, etc..., were all "authentic". If my eyes were closed, I would have sworn that DeForest Kelley was back as McCoy. I thought it was great that it authenticated the Franz Joseph "Technical Manual" from the mid-1970s (the replica ship Kirk is holding in the bar, the design of the starbase, so on).

    I only had two major complaints: (1) the story wasn't necessarily as developed as it could have been (it ended rather abruptly), and (2) the theater in which I saw the film had too rounded a screen! It was very distracting for the first 20 minutes. I shall see it again on a flat screen.

    Otherwise, thrusters ahead full! LL&P!

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  • Dietmar239
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    I enjoyed the movie immensely. J.J. Abrams is really an outstanding movie producer and it shows in his variety of work.

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  • Marlow
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    Originally posted by JRM
    The wife and I will be seeing the 2:35 show on Friday
    Damage Report!

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  • JRM
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    Originally posted by gh
    The best & worst of Star Trek (movies) all-time (surprise! Khan wins best villain!)

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... 010&sc=347
    Have to agree with most of those, although I question how one can count Kirstie Alley and Kim Cattrall as "cameos" (since they were major characters). STII was Alley's acting debut, by the way.

    For worst movie and worst villain, I'd also give honorable mention to Star Trek: Nemesis, where they figured the best way to create a hit film was to completely copy the premise and storyline of Star Trek II.

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  • gh
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    The best & worst of Star Trek (movies) all-time (surprise! Khan wins best villain!)

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... 010&sc=347

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  • marknhj
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    The Times gave it 5 out of 5:

    http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/ ... 235274.ece

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  • Marlow
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    In today's paper there is a feature on The Debate that Trekkies are having in this 'reinventing' of the Star Trek mythos. Some die-hards (those addressed by William Shatner in his infamous 'Get a life' skit) contend that ANY revisionist history of the franchise is heresy, punishable by death by Klingon Bat'leth (i looked it up - I am not one of them! ). Others (myself included) think that the franchise has become moribund through its slavish devotion to 'what has been'. This version can be a renaissance of all things ST, which should please all its fans.

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  • Marlow
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    Just saw it.

    Absofreakinlutely brilliant! Everything about it.

    I won’t spoil any of the fun (and it is great fun), but suffice it to say, Paramount has managed to have their cake and eat it too – it is true to the original TV series, but through the inherent paradoxes of time-travel, they have re-invented the franchise in a satisfying and gratifying way. I went in skeptical of the ‘alternate universe’ premise, but I see now the sheer genius they have effected – it will please Trekkies and Newbies alike.

    The best part for old fans are the dozens of inside jokes imbedded in the script, right down to the sultry green alien girl Kirk had a thing for. Plus, throughout the movie, Kirk is not a Shatner clone, but in the film’s final scene he has acquired the Kirk swagger we know so well and the actor absolutely channels Shatner as the credits begin to roll and the old theme song plays (totally absent DURING the movie).

    New fans will love the action, adventure, and fun also, but miss the vital allusions that give this such great depth for us geezers who were teens when the original aired.

    I’ll be going again this weekend, which is a rare compliment from me.

    JRM – I PROMISE you’ll love it.

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  • AthleticsInBritain
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    Originally posted by JRM
    I was discussing the movie with some of my students the other day. One of them asked me "Who's Leonard Nimoy?"...
    I had a similar experience around Obama's inauguration when a 14 year old (who lives in a house where soul and jazz are played continuously) asked me who Aretha Franklin was. I had to sit down. Mind you, I have the horrible feeling I asked my dad the same question about Johnny Cash at the same age and he's a C&W nut.

    I'm starting to look forward to this and I'm not even a Star Trek fan! Well, not of the TV series although I did love the tribbles when I was a kid. I prefer the movies, even the one where they fly back in time to San Francisco to fetch a pair of whales! I can hear trekkies (or is it trekkers?) groaning already. :lol:

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  • JRM
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    Originally posted by jeremyp
    "Grandpa who's Mr. Spock?"
    I was discussing the movie with some of my students the other day. One of them asked me "Who's Leonard Nimoy?"...

    PS: Just bought my tickets. The wife and I will be seeing the 2:35 show on Friday at the Arclight Hollywood (aka the Cineramadome). Looks like this recovering Trekkie has fallen off the wagon. Where's my 12-step program?

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  • jeremyp
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    Metacritic has five critics giving it an 89 (out of 100), and the Moviedatabase has fans giving it an 8.2 (out of 10)(mostly non Americans). So it looks like it might be a keeper. Can't wait to take the grandkids! "Grandpa who's Mr. Spock?"

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  • Marlow
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    Originally posted by JRM
    You "just" read that? Apparently, you're not paying close attention!
    Dang! I can't even be the geekiest geek in the room??!! :twisted:

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  • dakota
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    On a tangent, watch out for the Dark Tower adaptation from Damon Lindelof when he finishes up on Lost - which is clearly influence by The Stand. This guy's the real deal. He's running the tightest ship since Twin Peaks.

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  • jhc68
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    Early in the game but so far Star Trek has 100% positive reveiws as per Rotten Tomatoes.

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