Wednesday, May 13, 2009

On "Star Trek"

From The Dispatch:
"Star Trek" is a movie for everyone, and while it may suffer from some awkward expositional moments in the middle stretch (a problem that could have been avoided by including more of the plot explored in the excellent "Countdown" comic books that were released in the weeks leading up to the film's opening), what Abrams has done here is simply staggering. With its soaring space battles, gorgeous cinematography (complete with much discussed and hugely effective lens flares), and a grand score by Michael Giacchino (which recalls James Horner's work for "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" and "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock"), "Star Trek" is in many ways the quintessential summer blockbuster. It delivers the thrills without insulting the audience's intelligence, transporting us into another time and place on the wings of that good old Gene Roddenberry optimism.
Click here to read my full review.

2 comments:

Nate said...

Oh Man, I saw it again yesterday on Imax and it was like ten times more awesome! Well I was high too so maybe that had to do with it.

Sam Juliano said...

Fantastic review and dead-on summary judgement, even if I didn't have a problem with that minor narrative issue you point out. I wasn't able to find your star rating, but if I had to guess, I would say you would be giving it *** 1/2 of 4. Yes, this is surely the quintessentialsummer blockbuster, and with that 96% rating at RT, it's clear that critics on both sides of the Atlantic have embraced it. I dare say against all odds it's one of the best films of the year so far in any cateogory.