Monday, February 3, 2014
Movie Monday: Star Trek The Motion Picture
Well, yes and no.
For those who aren't aware, or for those who only really know "Star Trek" through the more recent television series' and the reboot movies, "Star Trek The Motion Picture", released in 1979, was the first new "Star Trek" than fans had seen since "The Animated Series" ended five years before. I don't recall any of this, because I was about 2 and a half years old when it came out, but I've heard enough about it over the years to know people were excited about this new story with Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and the rest of the original crew. However, clocking in over 2 hours, it was accused of not having much action, instead showing off the models and the visual effects by using long establishing shots, often backed by an excellent score.
This all bored the living heck out of me when I was a teenager. Now that I'm in my mid-thirties, I thought I might be able to appreciate it more. I have since found out that no, no I do not appreciate it more. I do appreciate the model work, and the effects work that was done during the time period, and the long establishing shots, while boring, do show off a lot of that work very well, but it's still, well, boring. So very boring! I tried to keep watching it, but every time I was able to be distracted by something, I walked away. Did laundry need to be folded? Time to fold it! I'm hungry, should I cook dinner, or just make something really quick? Nah, I'll just cook. I'll have time as they're flying around the Enterprise. Should I just start on the blog post now, as Spock is flying into the cloud's anus? Sure, why not.
I know there are people out there who appreciate this film, but give me the "Wrath of Khan" or "First Contact" films over this, any day. Yes, I love the design of the Enterprise, and the pajamas they use for uniforms really do scream "Star Trek," but it puts me to sleep every time.
"Star Trek The Motion Picture" is currently available on Netflix Instant Streaming, but I know it's also out there on various digital and physical formats. If you're going to purchase it, though, please do so in one of the multi-film box sets, so you can get some of the better versions of the "Star Trek" films with it.
Live long and prosper,