Beam Me Up, Scotty

05 May 2009 · 5 comments

The reviews for the new Star Trek film are glowing. They’re positively glowing. I’ve read every one so far, and they’re beginning to bring tears to my eyes. I’m not joking. I’ve waited so long for a Star Trek to make me rekindle my love for the franchise. Rumor has it, this is it. This is the one.

It’s only Tuesday afternoon, I know, but Rotten Tomatoes is showing 100% of 32 critics giving favorable reviews and an average score of 8/10. That’s pretty damn good. Meanwhile, Metacritic tallies a 94% rating on eight reviews. That, too, is pretty damn good.

I’ve told both Kris and Paul J. that I’ll see this with them. And I think it goes without saying that I want to see with Dave and Andrew (right, guys?). Plus I want to see it in IMAX. And on opening night. I don’t really care, to be honest. I’ll watch this over and over and over again.

But what I really hope is that this isn’t just a one-shot. I want for this to be the beginning of something grand and glorious, a brand new journey to brave new worlds. I want to see these folks boldy go where many have gone before.

p.s. Just for fun, here’s the original trailer for what is still the best Trek film, The Wrath of Khan.

p.p.s. I just checked Fandango. Have you seen how many screens this is playing on? With this wide distribution and the rave reviews, it has a chance to set a record for box-office opening…

1 Lauren May 5, 2009 at 19:55

I’ve been a ST geek for a long time. Guess I’ve been busy or I’d be slathering across this info :) Looking forward to it!

2 Paul J. May 5, 2009 at 20:36

I’m there.

3 Dave in Seattle May 6, 2009 at 13:07

I’ll be taking part of the afternoon off to see this with my wife. I’m almost….giddy at the prospect of this movie. It will be very interesting to see a Star Trek movie with the pacing of an action movie. I was thinking about movie sequels and I realized that the trailers for Star Trek are actually more exciting than the last 3 Star Wars movies. Somehow Star Wars got boring when the “prequels” were made. They lost their pace, they were more about the politics of the Star Wars world than the action. Here, its the opposite. Star Trek used to be pretty talky, now it looks like a pretty exciting action movie. I think George Lucas could learn a lot from J.J. Abrams and I hope he’s paying close attention to how this plays out. If he ever makes Star Wars episodes 7,8 and 9 lets hope he makes them exciting. Or better yet, hand over creative control to a director like Abrams.

4 Mom May 7, 2009 at 18:49

About the flotch article you reference, regarding watching children too closely and how you weren’t — it chills my blood now sometimes when I think how independent we let you kids be back when you were young. I guess we raised you like we were raised but it was a more innocent world back then, and we raised you out here in the country. Still, if I had it to do over and could do it differently, I think I would keep a closer rein on you three. Just some thoughts from the vantage point of old age . . .

5 Paul J. May 8, 2009 at 18:22

Damn. Good movie. Seeing it in IMAX was cool too. J.D., please do one of your classic writeups after you see it. You’re much more critical, clinical (Vulcan?) in your movie reviews than I am. I’m just a little kid with wide eyes at these types of movies.

On a musical note (HA): I was VERY taken with the opening statement from the horn–it almost sounded like there was a horn off stage behind the screen. The fidelity of the recordings these days is really something.

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