Now I admit to at first being slightly skeptical of this movie. I knew I wanted to see it, grudgingly, simply because Simon Pegg was playing Scottie, but every time I’d see a preview for it I’d start out thinking ‘Oh, come on, it’s Star Trek, stop trying to make it look all exciting and sexy’ and yet, by the end of the preview, I’d be squirming in my chair, thinking ‘Ooh, it’s all exciting and sexy! I must see this!’
So see it I did. On opening night, no less. And it did not disappoint!
It’s a little confusing since there is time travel at work here and my moviegoing companion’s theory is that this is how they’ll revamp the franchise and be able to continue making more Star Trek films. But I don’t care! It is exciting and there are explosions and villains and everyone plays their characters just right and everyone manages to get their catch phrases in (e.g., Damn it, Jim, I’m a doctor, not a _________; I’m giving it all she’s got, Captain; Chekhov comically wrestles with his ‘V’s) and a red shirt dies. Oh, and there’s real Spock, too. When his presence was revealed, someone in the audience actually cheered. As they should have.
So yes. Go see it. Very good, super-fun, a perfect way to kick off the summer blockbusters for the year!
But also, I’ll tell you where I went to see it. I went to see it at the drive-in! It was actually really fun. There was a big group of very well-behaved high schoolers in the row in front of us who had a very elaborate sound system set up. Unfortunately, it sort of fell apart right as the movie was starting, so we did end up having to use the car’s radio (and I was worried about the battery dying after running the radio for two hours without the car being on, but it worked out just fine). So we brought in some food for sandwiches and cheese and crackers and settled in – could have done with a few blankets, though, it’s still quite chilly at night here – and the moon rose beside the screen as we watched the movie. Very nice. If you haven’t been to a drive-in for a while, it’s definitely time to go again!
Summer blockbuster tally = 1-0-0