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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?

Comments

fenriss
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!

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