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Star Trek

Lisa and I saw this at the Neptune yesterday, and loved it. Great casting, nice job of giving nods to the original series without it feeling self-indulgent, and the use of a time-space anomaly to justify alterations to the canon was clever. About the only thing that fell short was Eric Bana's evil Romulan character, who neither Lisa nor I felt was as charismatic a villain as the story deserved.

Elsewhere in the multiverse, Meghan McCarron twitters, "[C]ouldn't they have Starbucked somebody?" I'm going to guess no, that probably goes beyond the limits of changes the Paramount suits were willing to OK -- the franchise may have been moribund, but not as moribund as BSG -- but if they had decided to do it, it would have been easy enough to fit into the set-up. Just kill off one of the characters and have a hitherto unmentioned sibling step into their historical role ("What if Mr. Scott had a sister...?")

In a related note, I liked what they did with Uhura. Definitely not a match I would have predicted, but it worked.

...and as usual when I see a movie I like, I am left greedily wanting more. In this case, I found myself wishing for a reboot of that other great SF franchise of my youth. When do we get the Star Wars remake? Yeah, I know, probably not in George's lifetime, but a fanboy can dream.



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May. 11th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
Casting and plot definitely great. Physics, discarded entirely -- okay, fine.

I sure do wish the cinematographers would go back and watch Larence of Arabia; the double-time cuts, pans and zooms were making me seasick, and I really would have prefered actual choreography.
May. 11th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
Agreed. It would have been nice if the fencer had had time to fence, rather than flipping around with a katana sort of blade while the camera's moving to fast to see what he's doing.

And there was one brief nice shot of the ship flying one way and all the missiles the other that really made me wish they'd slow down and zoom out and let us actually see these massive starships moving against each other rather than a gazillion quick closeups.
May. 11th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
I blame those Bourne movies. It was bad before them, but much worse after.

I look back with sighs of longing on the old dancing musicals, with long takes. Not to mention the classic Hong Kong movies.
May. 11th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
I mean, I know the starbucking would have been difficult, and each of the parts were so well cast that it would have been a shame to lose anyone. But, man, so much dude adventure time, and when you open up an alternate reality, it would be cool to have one with less absurd gender politics.
May. 11th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
I'm totally with you in agreeing that it'd be cool if they could have done something like that.

Part of the problem is the one-version-must-fit-all nature of copyrighted franchises. My own favorite unrealizable solution -- which I will implement when I become God-Emperor of the Universe -- would be to take cultural touchstones like Star Trek and Star Wars and throw them into the public domain,* so that you could have multiple, competing interpretations of the story, just as we do with productions of Shakespeare.

*In the process I would also grant the copyright holders lifelong wealth, so they wouldn't accuse me of being a commie.
May. 12th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
You know, I liked that the villain was just a random mining ship captain with an overdeveloped sense of vengeance and the dumb luck to get transported into a useful point in the past.
May. 13th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Star Trucking Monkeys
I'll have to check this out. On another note, Matt, are the movie rights to BAD MONKEYS available?
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