I’m a little late to the party, but I finally saw the new “Star Trek” movie over the weekend. My expectations were probably a tad too high going in based on all the raves from chicks and roosters alike whose opinions I trust and value. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoyed the movie, especially the performances of the new (young) Kirk and Spock. As a fan of CHiPS, I got an extra special kick out of seeing the son of Ponch and Jon’s old boss (remember Sgt. Catraire, played by Robert Pine?) in the lead role. Chris Pine looks a lot like his dad, only (sorry senior Mr. Pine), cuter.
I didn’t quite grasp the whole time travel, space-time continuum part of the story. So I got a bit lost from the get-go. But I can blame part of that on my sci-fi ignorance and illiteracy. Overall, it’s a solid movie and a must-see for anyone who grew up watching the original Star Trek series on television (at least in reruns!). I think director J.J. Abrams did a great job of creating a believable backstory and character camaraderie with Kirk, Spock, Bones, McCoy, Scotty, Uhura, Sulu and Chekov that makes this the best franchise reboot in recent memory. But please, find a way to give William Shatner a brief cameo (and Bill – don’t be greedy! You’re making plenty from residuals and Priceline) in the future (past) installments!
p.s. I saw it with my brother (I guess it’s okay to be seen with your sister at the movie theater when you’re both freakin’ OLD). He liked the movie too.