Star Trek: The Movie

Star Trek: The Movie

This intergalactic adventure centers around the meeting of two wet-behind-the-ears Starfleet recruits: half-Vulcan Spock and all-American rebel James T. Kirk. Thrown together on a perilous mission, they must settle their differences to defeat a nefarious time-travelling Romulan. Amid explosions, fistfights, and faster-than-light travel, we witness the beginnings of one of the most famous friendships in TV and movie history. The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before. The space battles still have the feel of submarines, just with more ‘splosions, lasers, shaking cameras, stumbling and falling around. By the way, this is an example of good CGI. The futuristic things going on in the backgrounds look like they are part of the world. The film brings familiarity to the extraordinary world that may have alienated some people in its most hardcore form. In this case, the shaky cam style is okay because it’s familiar. It’s bringing this story of a distant future with the sensibility of the distant past into a familiar storytelling mechanism. And it’s awesome, but to be a little bit more pretentious, the tilted angles make the ship look more dynamic and flowing, and the light flaring at the camera feel like the Enterprise is giving off real energy. Look, the scenario that puts third year cadets in positions of command on a starship is contrived, but it follows the rules and gives us what we want. They explain some backstory and sci-fi phenomenon but that also gives them a chance for a mind meld. Sometimes they get to the point of a scene fast when they could develop it more, but it’s so juicy you just get a quick fix of the heart of the matter. What make Star Trek so special are all the specific moments, which I won’t spoil.

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