This is Ron Salfen,
“At The Movies,” and here’s my commentary on a new
film at The Majestic Theater in
“Star Trek” is the kind of prequel that you
wish the last “Star Wars” could have been.
It’s a good script with a strong story line.
The special effects enhance the experience, but not
at the expense of the character development.
And best of all, at the end, the prequel perfectly
sets you up to enjoy……every “Star Trek” episode
All the actors are new, as they pretty much have to
Pine is the young James T. Kirk, and he doesn’t look
anything like William Shatner, but that’s OK.
Spock (Zachary Quinto) still has his pointy ears,
and we accept him despite a cameo by the original Spock,
Leonard Nimoy, as the Spock from the future.
Yes, the time-travel sequence is a bit confusing,
as it usually is whenever movies choose this gambit, but
even a casual “Trekkie” can appreciate the continuity
of a Leonard Nimoy appearance.
Maybe someday they’ll make a new “Star Wars”
movie for the next generation, and Mark Hamill (the
original Luke Skywalker) will make a cameo appearance, as
you know we’re going to have a “save the world” kind
of plot, and we do. You
know we’re going to have a scary, menacing, seemingly
all-powerful bad guy, and we do (his name is Nero, and
he’s played by Eric Bana).
You know we’re going to play with that old
“Star Trek” dynamic about how Vulcans (like Spock) are
rational creatures who don’t understand the emotions of
humans (with a new twist, of course).
And we’re not at all surprised to see a young
Captain Kirk as the talented rebel who has yet to fulfill
his potential, until unexpectedly offered the opportunity.
There’s plenty to like about this “Star
Trek,” even if you’re not all that familiar with the
many television episodes and the several previous film
versions, just because this space fantasy/adventure stands
on its own so well. But
even the hard-core fan would be pleased about seeing the
pieces fit so nicely into place for the emergence of the
jolly crew of the Starship “
.” May it
live long and prosper.
This is Ron Salfen,
“At The Movies,” for 93-5 KICK-FM.