Live Long and Prosper!(A spoiler Free Review)
Okay, so my last review followed a format which I will follow in this one as well. We will begin with the cast, go to the plot/script, talk about the direction, swing into the disappointments/shortcomings, and finish up with the conclusion. So lets warp drive to talking about the cast shall we?
I loved the cast right off the bat. The characters were fresh, cool, and funny. No one felt unnecessary.
The 1st I'd like to talk about is Chris Pine as Captain James Tiberius Kirk. When I was new to the franchise I was immediately taken in by the character.Now with the former movies behind me, I can say I love his character even more. Based on movies alone(as I never saw the show), the original Kirk never developed as a character until the 5th and 6th movies(a rather sad fact), this Kirk developed faster than the original ever dreamed and Chris breathed life into him.
Next we have Spock. Zachary Quinto I like just as much as the original one who I adored in the originals. This Spock has emotions but yet they are held back and by the end of the movie, I thought that this Spock proved to be equal to the other one without going to best the other Spock but rahter complimenting Leonard's.
Next we have Zoe as Uhura, now in the originals she was rather dull, boring and useless and her only point was to show that the makers weren't racist, in this one as soon as you meet her she is more developed than she had in the entire original movie series. She was highly enjoyable and casting was brilliant.
Karl Urban plays Bones who while I enjoyed him a lot and was definitely cast better, he didn't develop as fast as he did in the originals. We then have Scotty, Sulu, Chekov, and Pike. All were cast brilliantly. Scotty, Sulu, and Chekov all improved. Pike I don't know about cause he never appeared in the movies, but until I find out otherwise I will assume he approved on the original in every way like the others.
Then we have the villain Nero. He was very good and reinforced the awesomeness of the cast. Lastly we come to the original Spock(who has been called Spock Prime for this Universe) who to no one's surprise is just as awesome as ever.
The Plot/Script is phenomenal. In this alternative universe a very interesting thing happens, Spock and Kirk weren't always like brothers, they hated each other. Through the movie the relationship builds till we finally have the relationship that will go down in history as one of the greatest brotherly relationship ever invented in fiction. This enhanced and strengthened the relationship beyond what the originals ever had(and it was undeniably awesome in the originals).
The Finale was emotionally epic and the pacing for the entire movie was great.
This was my first Star Trek movie ever and also my first time watching a J.J. Abrams movie. The magic and power of this movie can be felt in every way in this movie and without a doubt we can thank J.J. Abrams for a lot of it. The Direction for this movie was spot on and the the pacing matched it to perfection.
Before watching the originals, I had none, but after I was kinda disappointed with the development speed of Bones, who while having a better actor just didn't have enough time to equal his predecessor. Other than this I can't really think of any.
To say a movie is 5/5 is easy. People love a lot of movies, at least I do anyway. But then there are some very special movies that you don't just love, but rather fall in love with. This is one of my favorite Live Action movies of all time and one of the best period. To think of movies I love more is difficult even with Animated excluded(Lion King is the fave animated movie of all time by the way). While I do love other movies more, few equal this one. This reaction, I doubt you will have, but still I do expect you to at least enjoy this film.
If you haven't seen this movie yet, borrow it from a friend, buy it, or whatever it takes to watch this movie. Good movies like this are hard to find.
Now the question is, does this exceed Star Trek into the Darkness in Quality? Does it? Find out, in its review coming up soon.