WHEN I posted about the first bits of footage of the new Star Trek movie, I remarked it left me missing William Shatner, that I had doubts and I asked JJ Abrams to prove me wrong.
Having watched the film for the first (but not the last) time, I can say that cinema’s wonderkid did just that and has delivered on every frontier. It was tremendous – in fact I had an experience in the cinema I have never had before.
I’m not giving anything away when I say that Leonard Nimoy cameos as Spock. I knew about it months ago, but seeing him ….. it blew me away.
I was just so delighted to see the original Spock back on the big screen that I said so out loud. I actually said ‘Fantastic!’
I just couldn’t help it! And I’ve never done that before – through 37 years of watching some of the biggest blockbuster movies.
I said it so loudly that the people in front of me laughed. I laughed with them, because I was giddy with excitement, with the thrill of having a modern icon back where he belonged for the first time in 17 years, since the sixth Trek film, The Undiscovered Country.
Now, as then, Nimoy brought tremendous class to every scene he was in, and he was not alone in that.
The two hours whizzed by in a blur of great writing and top class effects mixed with real character development that remained true to the canon of what had come before.
I won’t go into the story, so you can enjoy it as much as I did when you watch it, but I must praise the cast for turning in great work, with even the minor characters having their share of stand out moments.
That goes double for Chris Pine who nailed Kirk (and his Kirk too, not just a Shatner impression), Zachary Quinto as a nuanced and emotionally vulnerable Spock and especially Karl Urban.
He plays McCoy and seemed to be channeling the spirit of DeForest Kelley to steal almost every scene he was in, as well as opening up any doors he wants to in terms of future career paths.
As good as their performances were individually, together they showed more than enough evidence of the same chemistry that made the original trio so perfect together to make me feel that future voyages on the Enterprise would be standing room only.
Looking back now, I still feel exhiliarated by the sheer spectacle of it and I can’t wait for more.
In fact, beam me up JJ and set course for the next adventure at warp speed!