Sunday, May 17, 2009

Star Trekking

Silence, Earthling! My name is Darth Vader. I'm an extra-terrestrial from the planet Vulcan. ~Mary McFly

Yesterday I went with a group of friends to see Star Trek at the IMAX. I'm definitely not a trekkie, as I only have a general understanding of the series, but I really enjoyed this movie. JJ Abrams made a fun and cool movie for both the Trekkie and non-Trekkie. If you were a serious Star Trek fan, there were plenty of references and points to keep you happy, and if you were not a Star Trek fan, the movie was good enough and entertaining enough that you were satisfied.

As someone who gets nervous during fight scenes or explosions that people will die, I was glad I had enough knowledge of the series to know that in certain scenes, people wouldn't die. When Sulu and Kirk are on the drill, I could enjoy it, knowing they both had to survive so Kirk and Sulu could go on to be on the Enterprise together. And you could tell that the producers were hoping to keep JJ at the helm and revitalize this series for future installments.

White I'm more of a Spock girl, you have to admit. This is a whole photo of sexy going on here.

But let me discuss another plot point... mainly, insanely attractive dudes. My friend Meg, one of the people in my movie party, commented that she had a bit of a thing for Kirk afterwards. I have to agree that he was rather fetching, but for me... there was something about Spock that warmed my heart.

I really like how JJ played Kirk and Spock off of one another. They were clearly the Ying to their Yang. Where Kirk flies off the handle and is a man of action, Spock is reserved and thinking through every twist and turn. Spock goes through protocol and thought, while Kirk uses his heart and instincts to make decisions. The two actors played these roles very well, and had me not even missing Shatner and Nimoy. (fortunately, Nimoy makes a cameo as old Spock, which was extremely cool...Shatner is not in the movie, and is off being crazy elsewhere, which was for the best)

I think, while I can appreciate the insanely attractiveness of Kirk, and his ability to be the braun and hot-headed but decisive captain and leader, there's something about the cool, albeit aloof, intellect and logic of Spock that I find sexy. He's very smart, and he knows it.

One thing I like that Abrams did with the series is that he had the Vulcans not be unfeeling, but that they feel emotions so strongly that it affects their logic and judgement, so they must shut it off in order to not compromise that part of them. It's not that Spock has no feelings... he has more feelings that he could ever show and emote, but in order to keep that cool Vulcan head and logic, he must shut them off, per se.

I highly recommend checking this movie out. Even if you're just a Lost fan, that's enough for you to check it out, since it definitely has notes of that "what the fuck is going on here with this plot" going on. And it's a fun movie. Nothing too hard on the brain. Just lots of fun.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, we did see one guy in a costume.

1 comment:

Kristen said...

The guy who played Spock was totally much hotter than the Kirk guy. Apparently he was on the series Heroes, which I now feel compelled to check out.