As Promised, Star Trek The Motion Picture… In Review (In Honor Of Leonard Nimoy & Spock)
On February 27 I Posted that in Honor of Leonard Nimoy, I would would Watch and Review all 6 of the Original
In all honesty, I began with the First Film, knowing that when I saw it when I was young,
I was seriously disappointed, and frankly, bored by it
That statement might not sound all too friendly, but I was 10 to 11 years old
“Star Wars” had come out two years before (Which may not have helped)
And I don’t know, it’s just the way I felt
Since then, I can not recall if I’ve actually sat through the whole thing, and in all honesty
It has been hard doing so, Lol
I know I sound both mean and critical right now, but in all honesty, I’m not, Lol
Here’s my review
(That preview pretty much captures what I mean, Lol)
The story is horrible, and terribly executed. (I know I sound like a jerk right now, but I’m really not, I’m just honest, Lol)
When an alien spacecraft of enormous power is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine and hopefully stop the intruder.
Sounds typical, but, read on
Lets just start with the Directing, which certainly played its’ role in this very not good film.
When I first sat down to rewatch this film, I got through about a third of it, and needed to take a break. First of all, there are an immense amount of drawn out scenes, that make the film drag terribly. And the acting, wow, really not good. As I started watching it again today, I found myself thinking that what this film is, is a 60’s Sci-Fi, simply shot in the 70’s… But after looking up the films that this Director has Directed, these three stood out… “The Sound Of Music”, “West Side Story”, and “The Day The Earth Stood Still”…
After texting my brother that perhaps the film would have been better, if there had been more singing, Lol… I continued watching. (I actually love “The Sound Of Music”)
When I estimated that it was like a 60’s Sci-Fi Film, I may have missed the mark… It’s probably more like a 50’s Sci-Fi Film, which makes more since… I can’t really remember “The Day The Earth Stood Still”, though I may have actually liked it, as it is a classic I believe… The stretcccched scenes, combined with the extreme silence in this film (Like 2001, but I think less deliberate), made it extremely painful to watch.
Even as I continued watching it today, I literally fell asleep… I was tired a bit, but I just couldn’t keep my focus on it, it was painfully slow and dry. This film literally succeeded in capturing ‘zero’ % of the spirit from the original shows… Which were largely Character Driven… So many great characters in this film just standing around, being serious, and wearing tan clothing, Lol
I know this first review of six doesn’t seem much like a tribute to Leonard Nimoy, but I do believe that honesty and integrity are important to him, and thus I am just trying to be honest.
I know that I am not the first or only that felt this way about this film, in fact I do believe that the fan response was probably what helped to inspire the franchise to do such a good job with “Wrath Of Khan”… But we’ll get to that film next, after I watch it again as well.
Like I say, watching all these great characters that you’ve come to love from the original series, just stand around and be morose with one another, was sincerely painful.
I have to sadly give this film a 3 out of 10… A film that I wouldn’t normally review, but in honor of Leonard, I will review them all.
I hope that this review doesn’t appear harsh, or disrespectul, I assure you, I’m just trying to be completely honest… On to “Wrath Of Khan”.