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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 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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