Woo hoo! I’ve reached the J.J. Abrams era! Kirk is hot again! In fact, Kirk is even hotter than he was when Kirk was supposed to be hot! Though it is a little unsettling that I watched the original Star Trek series as re-runs in the ’70s saying “eeeewwwww” every time Kirk got it on with a babe (because I was, you know, seven) and now I find it a tad creepy to find Chris Pine hot (because I am, you know, not quite old enough to be his mother but too old to be ogling a 29-year-old). I guess I should have had a crush on Riker back in the ’90s but I just couldn’t quite get there. Too bad Voyager never got a movie because that rebel first officer guy was definitely …
But I digress. What I meant was, woo hoo! It’s a new day, a new cast, a reboot and finally another Star Trek movie that bears repeated viewing.
Overall: A I will admit openly that if this movie had come out when I was 13, it would probably be my favorite of the bunch, with the possible exception of Into Darkness. But it didn’t, and my heart still lies with Wrath of Khan.
Plot: A Excellent and creative reboot, and our first look at an origin story, too. I’ll admit here that the opening scene, with Kirk’s father sacrificing himself for the ship’s crew including his wife and newborn son, actually brought me to tears.
Costumes: B Nice references to the old TV show in the uniforms, especially the miniskirts for Uhura. Nero and his crew? I can’t remember what they were wearing, other than I think it was black.
Extra cast members: A- Eric Bana as Nero is the only one of note but he’s awfully good. First of all, because I’ve been a huge Eric Bana fan since Black Hawk Down and he never quite seems to get the love (he was just fine as the Hulk, dammit!). Secondly, because he goes for out-and-out villain but puts a nice twist of pyscho in there — my favorite moment might be when he’s first onscreen with Capt. Pike who identifies himself and Nero says, “Hi, Chris. I’m Nero.” As if they were meeting at some kind of networking forum. Beautifully done. Just watch it.
F/X: B+ CG has gotten so much better it almost doesn’t seem fair. And I kind of wish they had referred more to the old show in the look of the computers, etc., even though that would be hard to do without a high cheese factor.
Series ranking: 1. Wrath of Khan 2. Star Trek 3. First Contact 4. The Voyage Home 5. Nemesis 6. Insurrection. 7. Generations 8. The Undiscovered Country 9. The Search for Spock 10. The Motion Picture 11. The Final Frontier