Although much anticipated by long time Star Trek fans, the newest addition to the Star Trek legacy was popular among new Trek fans as well. The actors are young, attractive and popular. The director, J.J. Abrams, is known for other great work such as “Super 8”, “Mission Impossible 3” and the hit TV show “Lost”. Chris Pine, who plays James Kirk, drew a large crowd of teenage girls who knew him from “This Means War”, “Just My Luck” and “The Princess Diaries 2”.
In this prequel to the Original Series, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto star as the dynamic duo of Captain James T. Kirk and Commander Spock. Although not friends at first, the predictable change of heart occurs when the two must rely on each other for survival when carrying out a plan made by Kirk.
Although the actors are young, they seem to have enough experience and skill to take the place of the greats of Star Trek. John Cho, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto didn’t have to do the classic coming-out-of-warp jerk that their counterparts, George Takei, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, respectively, had to do, but that’s mostly in part to the improvement in movie-making technology. The contrast of these technological advancements changes the way that long-time Trekkies view the movie. We’re used to the jerks coming out of warp speed and the out of sync tremors. New techniques and strategies make it better, more real and easier for the actors. The cinematography is good, with clear focus on the action, making it easier to discern what’s going on in the scene.
The script is well rounded, staying up with the new language use, and keeping in line with future events from the Original Series, which could also be considered background knowledge. Little jokes that people will get from the watching the other Series are woven into the dialogue and can go unnoticed by a new fan. Jokes about Admiral Archer and his prized beagle are only understood by those who have seen “Star Trek: Enterprise”, the most recent series.
Like with most blockbuster hits, the bad guy has a terrific, memorable theme. The rhythm of the music beats with my heart as I watch Nero, played by Eric Bana, storm onto the bridge of his ship. The good guys have the classic, heroic and cliché music, signaling that they’re about to do something classic, heroic and cliché, such as be the good guys and offer the bad guys help and a chance for redemption. It lives up to expectations. Star Trek is everything we hoped it would be and a little bit more.