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It was a perfectly acceptable reboot, I thought.  I’ll tell Jack it’s definitely not his father’s Star Trek, but it was entertaining.  I thought the cast did a pretty good job of putting their own mark on their characters while still giving little nods to previous performers (the Bones was a bit creaky, but then Bones *is* a bit creaky, so I don’t know that it’s fair to be overly critical).

I do have one serious complaint, however.  To J.J. – Dude, this isn’t television.  People aren’t watching this on their HD DVR and taking screen captures and pointing out ridiculous little details on fanzone sites.  It’s a movie.  You don’t need to barf that much detail in your CGI’d special effects… we can’t really see it.  For example… that alien bugaboo monster with the “John Carpenter’s The Thing”-style mouth that spent its 30 seconds of screen time gesticulating and gyrating like a squid on a hot plate?  Ease off on the hi-res spastic effects, please.  Especially if you’re going to shoot the sequel.  Your ship-to-ship combat sequences were okay, but we really didn’t need to see *that* much debris.  I know you’re not a “fan” (you took great pains to repeat that during filming in a way that annoyed everybody that loved the series), but take two hours out and watch Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.  The battle between the Enterprise and the Reliant is *still* the best space combat sequence put on film.

Aside from that complaint, I thought you did a pretty good job for a starting film in a reboot.  It’s not the starting film that’s going to get you, though… now you need to make the next one better than this one.  Wishing you luck.

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Posted May 19, 2009 by padraic2112 in movies

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