Not too many movies can get away with rewriting the franchises’ history without people grumbling left and right. JJ Abrams did just that. And best part – it made sense.
I didn’t go to the IMAX . I decided that it was best just to see it in the theater. I wasn’t dissapointed. Yeah, at first I was getting a little preturbed as to how they were trompling over the timeline like a mad rush to a 50% off sale. Once the story started to unfold, it all made sense. It also made sense why Leonard Nimoy was in this movie and William Shatner was not.
Story was about the beginnings of the crew – Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, Uhura and Chekov. In the first 5 minutes we witness the birth of James Tiberius Kirk and introduce the Romulan “Nero”. The Romulans were in search for Spock (ironic, eh?) because Romulus was blown up and they felt he was the key. Figured they would exact revenge on Vulcan and Earth.
The movie was not without some issues. The biggest one was when Kirk was in Iowa, he passed by the building of a Starship. If you were to make a 2000 man vessel – even a 100 man vessel – you would want to do the majority of it in space, right? Otherwise you would have a difficult time trying to get it out of the atmosphere…
There was some product placement throughout the film. Budweiser, Jack Daniels and our good friends of Blue Microphones. It is good to know that Jack Daniels is still around in a couple hundred years.
The best part about this: they could easily do more movies on this timeline and restart the whole Star Trek experience. Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Carl Urban (Bones) and John Cho (Sulu) did great jobs in recreating the original roles. Simon Pegg (Scotty) had a new twist on his role – he did bring Mr. Lettuce-Head guy (Who was played by Deep Roy – Otherwise known as the Oompa Loompa from the newer Willy Wonka movie). I even didn’t mind the Uhura – Spock thing.
The only one that bothered me was Chekov (Anton Yelchin). I thought he overplayed the role a little too much. The “Pronouncing of the W’s” schtick was a humorous insertion, but it was already done.
It’s a great movie and should really revitalize the franchise.