Chick 1 says:
Star Trek, it’s not just for geeks anymore. Well, actually, that’s a little difficult for me to say since I am a geek. But, Oh My Gosh!
What I Liked: Pretty much everything! I was initially drawn to this movie by the cast and they did not disappoint. Every performance was strong with some pleasant surprises. Chris Pine owns his pre-Shat Kirk. He does not do a Shatner impersonation and who would want that? But he does capture the mannerisms and attitude and he makes us believe that this Kirk can grow into Shatner Kirk. Simon Pegg is hilarious. His performance is almost too short but hopefully we have a new franchise on our hands with more Pegg-fueled Scotty’s to come. And along those lines, I did not expect to laugh as much as I did. I’ve seen my share of Star Treks but don’t really know all the history. The script apparently reboots the entire Trek universe but also hits lots of familiar moments. And it’s obvious the cast is having a blast delivering those moments. The action and pace keep moving at a crazy speed. I have to admit it was so fun seeing John Cho get to throw down with the big boys. The CG is well done and the screen is often filled with a lot to look at. This, my friends, is how you make a movie!
What I Didn’t Like: I find it ironic that Chick 2 just posted a review of Transformers in which she complains about the lens flare because lens flare was a bit overdone in this movie. I, too, like a good lens flare but there was a LOT of it in Star Trek, so much that I kept squinting my eyes instinctively trying to see what was going on. And a lot of the flare was CG! I’ve also stated before that I’m getting tired of the handheld look in action. Between that and the flare it was sometimes hard to tell what was happening. But I have to admit I was still totally caught up in the action. And there were a couple of moments when I thought, “Is he supposed to be out of focus?”
Bottom Line: Go immediately to the nearest theater and give J.J. Abrams your money. Do it. Do it now.
Chick 2 says:
This ain’t your daddy’s Star Trek. J.J. Abrams has taken the Star Trek series and turned it into the first great movie of the summer season. Not being a “trekkie” myself, I was worried that this film would be 2 hours of jokes and references I wouldn’t get. But Abrams is up to his usual standards here, packing the film with action, comedy, and just the right amount of drama. The film has been described as a prequel to all previous Star Trek productions, and we watch Kirk and Spock become Kirk and Spock from the beginning. Wrapped in time travel the storyline touches on destiny and raises the question, are we still destined to be the same person regardless of changes in our surrounding circumstances? The characters are committed to their mission and their destiny in life, and face their roles with true cinematic bravery. The entire cast is stellar (wink, wink) and I could rave about several performances, but Karl Urban is most memorable as Dr. McCoy. My only caveat would be the joining of the hand-held close-up action bandwagon. At times it made it hard even to tell who was winning a fist fight. But this was not enough to ruin a tightly put together summer action movie.
IF you want to get your money’s worth, THEN GO.