Oh yeah…reactions to those ‘Star Trek’ screenings

Posted by · 10:27 am · April 8th, 2009

Star TrekJ.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” is pretty low on my “to-do” list, I have to say.  Ever since the CW/Young Guns approach was announced (not to mention an underlying disinterest in the material that goes back decades), it’s been a bit difficult to keep the yawns down.  What can I say?  I’m no Trekkie.

But even I have to admit the positive notices, coming out of screenings in Austin (where Paramount has AICN in its back pocket and can offer up the goods in fanboyland) and Sydney (where the film held a world premiere at the Sydney Opera Hosue) have been getting my attention.  Here are a handful of reactions…

Moises Chiullan, Hollywood Elsewhere:

…an unrelenting, slam-bang naval war movie that rarely catches its own breath.  Shades of swashbucklers and submarine thrillers alike are all over the storytelling and smash-bam-kaboom stuff going on throughout. It’s packed to the gills with escapist heroism with a healthy dose of optimism. There’s plenty of room for interpretation for those who want to look for some allegory that is or isn’t intended. The key is that Abrams and his team have bottled that ’77 stuff of legend.”

Harry Knowles, Ain’t It Cool News:

There’s some powerful thoughts about the future of our people in STAR TREK. That we as a people could be those people in a hundred, two hundred, three hundred years. If we can put away childish notions of borders and differences. If we can culturally keep our differences and celebrate our commonalities. At our best, STAR TREK is our future. Not BLADE RUNNER. Not TERMINATOR. Not any other Science fiction that I’ve seen, but STAR TREK. It’s where I HOPE we’re headed.”

Neil Miller, Film School Rejects:

This is a big, fast-paced, sleek version of Star Trek that is unlike anything we’ve seen before — a new brand of space film that stretches what we thought possible in the realm of visual effects, and I don’t think that’s going to bother anyone.”

And Peter Sciretta at /Film wrangled up some early Twitterers on the Austin occasion.  Dare I say it, my interest is piqued on a “Star Trek” movie.

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  • 1 4-08-2009 at 10:46 am

    JAB said...

    Kris, I’m having the same feeling. I’m probably the furthest thing from a “trekkie” but this is second on my to-see list for the summer only to Harry Potter.

  • 2 4-08-2009 at 1:15 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    I’m a true Trekkie, yes we still exist. I was on board from this project from the beginning but I’m still not sure because it looks so different. I love almost everything Trek, even the last series, Enterprise. I desperately want this to be good and I think it will be. Nonetheless, being a die hard fan here I really wouldn’t know how I’ll respond to the film.
    This tactic though seems brilliant to me. Stunning word of mouth from the fans themselves is the best thing to do, though I’m a little reluctant about it because it’s just that, gushing nerds. AICN nerds of all people. I guess we’ll know for certain from April 20 when the embargo is lifted.

  • 3 4-08-2009 at 3:21 pm

    chad said...

    “There’s some powerful thoughts about the future of our people in STAR TREK”

    If this is true, I’ll eat my hat.

  • 4 4-08-2009 at 3:48 pm

    Matt said...

    The lame-ass who’s constantly dissing the best movie of last year (WALL-E) isn’t looking forward to one of the most positively-buzzed about films of the year? Shocker, lol! Hope you enjoy ranting about how whatever lame hackneyed superhero film is your favorite this year doesn’t making it to the Oscars!

  • 5 4-08-2009 at 4:29 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Matt: Do you realize how childish you are? Do you realize? Honestly. Do you?

    Also, finish reading the post before you blow up like some toddler.

  • 6 4-08-2009 at 6:43 pm

    missy said...

    Matt please move on, there’s more to life than the overrated Wall-e.

  • 7 4-08-2009 at 11:02 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Hey Chad, I still believe in many things Star Trek is saying about the future.

  • 8 4-09-2009 at 6:49 am

    Mike said...

    I am no Trekkie at all, I actually hate the world and TV shows and movies (the piece I have seen – no I haven’t seen Khan). But I am def looking forward to this movie, to get more acquainted to the world/characters and I know JJ will bring an enjoyable movie to the big screen.

  • 9 4-09-2009 at 7:23 am

    the world said...

    200 million movie, nuff said