Maybe it was the challenging story and psychological development that created critical response to this movie and led to a re-orientation in the cheaper style of the following films "The Wrath of Khan" and "The Search for Spock". But this mistake is the fundament of a wonderful slow pacing story that gave Jerry Goldsmith the occasion to compose one of his finest and most beautiful scores. (See commentaries for more.)
"It is not that Star Trek - The Motion Picture is a bad film; it isn't. Clearly, it is also not a good film. The saddening reality is simply that it is a dull film: an often boring film, a stultifyingly predictable film, a tragically AVERAGE film."
~Harlan Ellison, "Star Trek - The Motionless Picture
A bit slow, but understandable since they were trying to showcase brand new technology for the time. The result is a tad uneven, but satisfactory nonetheless. Felt myself getting lost in some scenes in the second act.
i just watched that whole film thinking it was new and how the hell did they make everyone look so young! i was in some post modern genre re-defining moment examining the changes in special effects and dialogue and what this meant as a retro star wars style re doing... until i re read the date! great film
4.5 Yes, it´s slow, the story is rather lame (a super intelligence that cannot read its proper name on a plate??) and Shatner´s acting is wodden... But: the look and scope of it all, the music, the spirit of the whole enterprise (and: Enterprise) is pure joy. The director's cut is the much better version. Still waiting for the HD version!
I really dug this movie. I found myself fully engrossed in the movie the entire time, not quite on the edge of my seat but close. There are some cheesy lines and the costumes are ridiculous but it some how adds to the feel of the movie. It really feels like the old tv show to me, and while I'm not a huge fan, I have enjoyed over the years. It's like Jacques Cousteau in space, slow and thoughtful.