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.
This "translation from TV to film" has been misunderstood by many people because they wanted more of the "same" when it was an actual attempt to do science fiction seriously as director Robert Wise didn't want to just copy "Star Wars" or itself. It has excellent effects and is the closest "Trek" has ever been doing a "2001: A Space Odyssey" without it's soap operatic elements. Shame that it is a slow movie though.
lanète Terre, 23ième siècle, la Fédération des Planètes Unies décide de confier le commandement d'un vaisseau de combat, "l'Enterprise" à l'amiral Kirk pour s'opposer à un mystérieux envahisseur qui a détruit trois croiseurs, le décevant Robert Wise ! www.cinefiches.com
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.
A film I'm ashamed to say I've never watched before now! Very reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey. A clear showcase of graphical and filmmaking technologies of the time - hence it feeling somewhat slow at times. Wonderfully written, the revelation that VGER was a Voyager space probe came as soon as the camera landed on the probe and was utterly perfect. As expected, an incredible soundtrack to match.
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
One star for the nostalgia-factor; one star for the sheer amount of glue, cardboard and wrapping paper used in the EFX department and another star for W. Shatner who does indeed plough through the film with great conviction. One thing I don't get is how Jerry Goldsmith was allowed to run amuck with the music. So feels like am oboe and maracas concerto instead of a sci-fi score!
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.)
Even though this is perhaps the most panned of the Star Trek films, it stands on its own as the most serious and perhaps closest in spirit to the original TV series. Many complained about the slow pace but this is going to look great in HD, looking forward to re-watching. Hopefully this is the version with the now famous meme where Spock gives God a good talking to "He's got psychological problems..."