In 2009 J.J. Abrams used this movie to reinvent and revitalise the Star Trek movie franchise with the things that it had to this point been sorely lacking: Baby Thor, Cinderella’s prince, Shaun of the Dead and most importantly, Lens Flares.
I really like J.J. Abrams most of the time but he really went overboard on the lens flares in this one. They turn up in shots which have no reason to lens flare and… yeah okay. It’s a style, and it does look cool sometimes but when you have seven countable lens flares in the space of ten seconds. Come on!
I like the energy that the cast have, they are all clearly having a lot of fun on this movie and that makes it really fun to watch. The opening sequences are really well done too, hits you right in the feels and shows you the baby Spock being bullied for being different in a few different ways. It’s feelsy and to the point.
I find it hard to relate to Jim, because cocky womaniser is such a very overdone trope at this point. I understand that the original Kirk had these elements to him, but I haven’t watched any of the early stuff and certainly not the original movies so I can’t really compare it. But I just find it a bit dull.
Does it make me love the people? It makes me love Bones. Bones and Chekhov and Sulu and Uhura. Spock mostly because of Zachary Quinto and his awesomely understated performance. You can see how much emotion he is concealing, which is super interesting when you think of how long the actor probably had to stay in the closet in real life.
Bechdel test: Yes. Green sexy alien Gaila and Uhura do have a few lines of interchange before they talk about Kirk hiding under the bed. It’s about school work or.. the invasion or something, but it does count! The other named women are the main men’s mothers and both are tragic figures who are just shown in relation to their husbands or sons, so… it’s really only Uhura who’s the awesome character, she has lots of great lines and moments. Just imagine how great it would be if there was another awesome woman on the crew who she could work with. I know they couldn’t replace the main people (I mean, they could absolutely but they never would) but there are lots of side characters available.
Lt. Nyota Uhura: What?
Kirk: …and was the ship walullaa?
Lt. Nyota Uhura: And was the ship… WHAT?
Kirk: [to McCoy] Whass happening to my mouth?
Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy: You got numb-tongue?
Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy: I can fix that!
[hurries off to find another hypospray]
Lt. Nyota Uhura: Was the ship what?
Lt. Nyota Uhura: What? I…
Lt. Nyota Uhura: Romulan?
Lt. Nyota Uhura: Yes!
[Bones injects him with another hypospray]
Kirk: ACK! ACK!
[trying to say ‘stop it’]
State of Mind: Yeah, it’s good fun but I do think the action sequences are a bit too long. I got bored in them again. I liked this a lot more at the movies where you can get lost in the spectacle. Even though we have a relatively large HD TV it’s easy to get distracted and stop paying attention in these bits.