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May 10th, 2009

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07:48 am - Star Trek
I enjoyed it thoroughly, and it seems so did everyone else on my f-list who saw it. I was impressed by the care with which the two leads emulated the physical and verbal mannerisms of the originals, without caricaturing them. The ways that Shatner used to move - and Chris Pine deserves big credit for doing the Kirk voice, in a recognisable way, without. Relying on. Exaggerated pauses. I was struck by one point during a fight where he was thrown down and ruefully grimaced up at his opponent. I thought - wow, you really watched the original episodes with care. And the same goes for all the leads. Very impressive, and considerate of the original. Karl Urban was excellent as a young Bones.

In general perhaps not five star -I'd save that for my all time best films- it was very good indeed, and I think we'd all like to see more in this vein.

Quite a few SF tropes were cheerfully referenced, and so in general I think pats on the back all round and lashings of Romulan ale.

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Date:May 10th, 2009 07:33 am (UTC)
Me I was very pleased to note in retrospect that I did not once during the course of the film imagine Spock eating anyone's brains.

And you know also it was the sort of movie that just kinda made me leave the theatre all happy and giddy and "gosh movies are neat!" I think Iron Man was the last one that did that.
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Date:May 10th, 2009 07:51 am (UTC)
Yes, it made me very happy. Like Simon Pegg with a big daft grin.
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Date:May 10th, 2009 08:11 am (UTC)
Just got in this minute from seeing it myself. I enjoyed it. It was really dumb in many ways, but it was just so damn much fun.

I can't decide which thing I liked better: the ST:TOS references you mention, Simon Pegg's performance, or Zachary Quinto's wonderful show-stealing take on Spock.

I left the cinema not half an hour ago thinking, wow, that was dumb, but now I'm kind of in love with it.
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Date:May 10th, 2009 09:00 am (UTC)
Silly but fun doesn't always work for me, but it did this time, perhaps because I have such fond memories of TOS
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Date:May 10th, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
Yup, it made a great cinematic experience.

(And I am saving the last 10 minutes of Mad Men to get me through some ironing later).

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