May 16, 2009
Star Trek, Now The Band Is Formed
I have seen the new Star Trek movie at the cinema. It was funny, slick, shiny, massively entertaining and not the slightest bit annoying. I really enjoyed it.
Wow. There’s three sentences I never thought I’d write.
JJ Abrams has taken Star Trek and made it accessible once again. There were lots of things I loved:
- The lense flares! The future is bright and shiny.
- The awesome cast.
- The wit.
- The lack of techno-babble.
- The standard Star Trek plot tweaked with a dash of JJ to out-maneuver the fanboy canon snobs.
..but most of all..
- The formation of “the band”.
For the first time the crew of the Enterprise felt like a gang, like a band, a group of equals forged together. I refuse to use the word team because it is cooler than that, less official, more primal. It was like the feeling when you play a gig and come out the other side, mistakes and all; together you can conquer the world! Or in this case the galaxy.
Not sure how I feel about a sequel. Bizarrely, I think I’d prefer an awesome TV series.
But in the meantime I actually want to go and see the film again.