I know little about Star Trek, but divisive movies are chum in the water for me, and I can see where this one comes from: it's got enough plot for a TV pilot and lasts 130 minutes, but in between are some of 70s Hollywood sci-fi's most arresting visuals. It is what it was: an expanded TV project boosted by a legendary FX master. But I wish the ST movies nowadays still had its aspirations for pop-existential grandeur.
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.
God, this is beautiful. I watched most of it with a silly grin on my face, lost in a childhood reverie. Couldn't really tell you what the story was about; too busy ooing and aahing over the pretty lights and the gorgeous soundtrack. You want exploding-helicopter-quotient? Go watch a Michael Bay movie.
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!