Those words might have described some of the old Star Trek movies, but not this one. This is a fresh, fun and exciting look at the series with a novel approach to recent bland attempts at prequels.
Star Trek is a look at the early days of the Starship Enterprise crew; Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Bones (Karl Urban), Uhuru, Scotty, Sulu, Chekov and the rest. The film traces Kirk’s early childhood, the crew’s first meetings and their early days at the Star Fleet Academy. Later, when a rogue, threatening Romulan enters the picture, and the youthful group’s ingenuity and cohesiveness is put to the test.
I am a big fan of director JJ Abrams. He took on a dangerous task trying to recreate an American original, while still trying to please Trekkies and the casual film watcher. His original take on the prequel idea is what really makes Star Trek entertaining. I won’t spoil the alternate vision that he takes, but lets just say the reality of it is worth the time to travel to the theater.
True to Trek form, the conflict mixed with danger leads you down a road where you start believing that there is no chance of hope for the characters. That is, until we witness another bold move from the fearless leader. It didn’t get boring.
Sure, the special effects are off the charts, but I always say if there’s nothing going on in the foreground, the effects won’t hold the movie. Star Trek has an engaging story, phenomenal looks and characters that I want to see more of.
(Out of Four)
Adams Rating Guide:
Overall rating: No further explanation needed.
Date Freindly: Will the “dater? get a smooch from the “datee? for taking them to this one.
Good Laughs: A general rating for number of laughs.
Artistic Value: Includes scenery, camera work, presentation on film, ability to convey a message.
Drama: How much they poured it on and whether it was effective.