Becky and I took the kids to see Star Trekfor date night last night at the AMC theaters in Highlands Ranch, CO. I know, kids on Date Night? What’s up with that? We see so many movies together, as anyone who reads our reviews knows, that we figured we would introduce the kids to Capt. James T. Kirk and the famous Vulcan, Spock. The Fandango
website at Star Trek describes the movie as follows:
“Mission: Impossible III director and Alias creator J.J. Abrams resurrects the classic science fiction franchise created by Gene Roddenberry with this feature film that embraces the rich history of the influential television and film series while also exploring some uncharted territory…” Redemption: A Mile from Hell on dvd
Star Trek is a Summer Blockbuster that has arrived in the Spring. I’m not a big fan of Star Trek. Although, the original television series was great when I was a kid and Gilligan’s Island wasn’t on, but this movie delivered. I had seen the previous Star Trek’s where goofballs showed up in their costumes and this was nothing like the previous attempts to bring Star Trek to the masses. It has plenty of action!
The story takes place before Capt. James T. Kirk becomes the Captain of the starship Enterprise and you meet all the characters from the original series. This was really cool, similar to how Star Wars went back and introduced how Skywalker became Lord Vader, but way better. There is action, drama, character development and conflict, including Spock struggling with his human emotions from his Mother’s gene pool.
There is also an appearance by the original Spock, Leonard Nimoy, that was very well done. It’s cool that Nimoy and William Shatner are still able to pull off parts in films at their ages. They were both born in 1931 and Nimoy has the same birthday, March 26th as our son Conroy, which is funny because I told Conroy he reminds me of Spock. He’s just way to logical. An interesting note by the way, is that Shatner was born on March 22, 1931, so he and Nimoy were born just four days apart…co-incidence?
The cast for this film was perfect with Chris Pine, from Bottle Shock, as Capt. Kirk. He got his butt kicked a couple times, which was believable. You may not recognize Eric Bana as the evil Nero, along with some other actors you’ve seen in other films, but not over the top star power. I think that was a good move for this film, instead of going for major movie stars. It’s one of the things that made the original Star Wars so successful because we hadn’t seen much of Harrison Ford and other cast members at the time.
We went with the Tactaquins and they brought their tribe, so we pretty much filled a row at the theater. We all liked it and Conroy commented that Harry Potter dealt with time travel way better than Star Trek, which I thought was pretty funny. Conroy and Corban were a bit lost in Spock’s attempt to master a black hole, but beyond that it was a great flick. It’s probably too adult for most kids under about 11 years old, since it’s easy to get lost in the characters, so we kind of missed it there.
Becky even liked it though and followed along and she hates these kind of movies, if that tells you anything. I thought it was a great flick and don’t think you should miss it on the big screen. They are even showing it on the IMAX for a few more bucks which could make it even more fun.
John – **** Don’t Miss It
Becky – *** Worth The Trip
Corban – *** Worth The Trip
Conroy – *** Worth The Trip
Bianca – *** Worth The Trip
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