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Unexpurgated Fangirlish Squee

First and foremost, Trek! Good gods. This movie is a lovingly crafted gift to everyone who’s ever found him/herself thinking “I really love TOS, but how dearly I wish someone could do a little retcon to mitigate the cheesiness and tone down the sexism.” It’s glorious.

I could mention my minor quibbles, but everyone else on my flist has covered them, and they are just so minor that I won’t bother.

Everyone was amazing! McCoy was more himself than he’s ever been (with apologies to the late Mr. Kelly). Chris Pine nailed Kirk’s mannerisms, but didn’t over play it. I had an unavoidable few moments of “oh no! it’s Sylar!” when Zachary Quinto first appeared, but his Spock was so genuine that I got over it in no time. Sarek and Amanda made my heart hurt (I have always loved them so much). And I cannot properly articulate how much I love Zoe Saldana as Uhura.

And, holy crap, I love Spock/Uhura! I have never been so bowled over by a canonical het pairing in my life. They just sizzle together, and the relationship softens Spock into the accessible, vulnerable character he always should have been. And it’s just delicious how nonplussed Kirk gets when he first sees it. Hee!

It would have been good if they’d been able to develop Nero a little more, but I just about died at “Hi, Christopher. I’m Nero.” The space battles were thoroughly satisfying, and I’d say they paid a fitting debt to JMS with the spiky black Romulan vessel. I giggled madly at the bits of the TOS fight music that got woven into the action scenes. I literally threw my fists into the air when the Enterprise shows up with guns blazing to back up Spock on his kamikaze flight into the Romulan ship. Pure Trekker bliss.

I could go on all day. I haven’t been so eager to turn right around and walk back into the theater since The Empire Strikes Back. I think I’ll see it another 3 or 4 times while it’s still in the theater. Nuff said.

On the subject of Wolverine… I haven’t as much to say, mostly because I was a bit disappointed. It’s not what they did that bugged me (although, couldn’t they have stuck to just one overhead shot of Logan screaming “noooooo”?) so much as what was left out. More than 100 years of character development is glossed over in the time it takes to roll the opening credits. And I admit I went in hoping for a lot of Gambit, as Logan/Remy is my favorite slash pairing in the fandom, but all we got was about 10 minutes. Also, no proper Cajun accent, but a feeble and spotty attempt at something vaguely southern. Foo.

(And, incidentally, if you don’t buy the pairing, here is some spectacular fan art that might help make the case. Safe for work, unless your boss has a problem with fully clothed man-touching. The artist does some incredible, messed up Batman, too. And some Watchmen. Some of that is NSFW if you click through to the images.)

Still, I’ll pay $9 to watch Hugh Jackman stand at a bus stop, so there’s that.

In conclusion, Star Trek ’09 is a shining tour de force, don’t you think?


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May. 14th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
May. 14th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, my! That's delightful. Sort of silly, but no less squee worthy for it.

I have to say, you are among the last people on my flist that I would have expected to comment with more slashy fanart. Not that I am complaining in the least.
May. 14th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
I still haven't seen it. We shoudl try to see it together soon.
May. 15th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
Sure thing! I'd love to see it with you. Give me a call?
May. 15th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
I just about died at “Hi, Christopher. I’m Nero.”

ME TOOO!!!! That and Chekov saying "Seventeen, sir!" when he was asked how old he was.
May. 15th, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
Here's something really good on Uhura's role in the film that you may like.
May. 15th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much for the link. I agree that a character doesn't have to be an action hero to be great, and anyway, it's not like Scotty or Chekov got to throw any punches either. And I sure don't think Uhura was reduced to "nothing but a love interest"! She is obviously kick ass at her job, and that's where the focus is. I think the character of Gaila is there pretty much entirely to show contrast to Uhura's focus on her studies and her professional life.

I have to disagree with the poster about the mini-skirts, though. There were actually a lot of women in TOS who wore trousers, so I don't really see that the skirts were necessary to represent continuity. But, OTOH, it doesn't bother me all that much. I can let it slide without any diminished enjoyment.

Also, I totally need some Trek icons!
May. 15th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
papertigers kept saying, "I want to take this movie home." "I want to have sex with this movie." "I want to keep this movie forever."

She's not even a Trekkie, and she hates going to theatres to see a movie.

'Nuff said.
May. 15th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
Hee! Glad to hear it's having that effect on people who aren't die-hard fans, too!
May. 17th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
re: shiny tour de force
I had an unavoidable few moments of “oh no! it’s Sylar!” when Zachary Quinto first appeared, but his Spock was so genuine that I got over it in no time.

Me too, me too! He was wonderful. Gawd, i thought they were all wonderful. And I did not think "Harold and Kumar" for more than a second; Sulu, fencing, yeah!!!

Loved the movie pretty relentlessly, and then went home and watched "The Menagerie" (i also love Netflix On Demand!) and Uhura 2009 must have at least 4 inches more skirt on her than in times of old. Wow.

Anyway yeah, i LOVED the Uhura/Spock pairing. I thought it was brilliantly, deftly played. And young Kirk was perfect in his green-woman-izing goofiness, although he really needed to rip his shirt during a fight scene.
May. 18th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
Re: shiny tour de force
I just got back from seeing it again, with Cynthia and Steve. Holy cats! Halfway through, Cynthia leaned over to me and said "Oh my god, this is so amazingly good!"

I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it too. Yes, netflix on demand is a very good thing. I think I should go there right now, in fact :)
May. 19th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the recommendation(s), it's on my list.
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