Skip to main content

Trekking to the Stars: "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979)


In 2020, I worked my way through all of the "Star Wars" movies, and reviewed them.  Well... I'm at it again- but this time working my way through all of the "Star Trek" movies...

After a mysterious cloud absorbs a Klingon fleet, Starfleet sends it's best ship and crew in an attempt to stop it.  Will Kirk and the others be able to do what the Klingons could not?

Unlike the movie, this review is going to be fairly short.  "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" is a beautiful film- but a tad too long.  While watching it, I couldn't help but have some flashbacks to my time watching Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey".

The look and feel was very much influenced by Kubrick's film, and the story is also quite lofty in nature- though a bit more character driven.  As gorgeous as the sequences showing the USS Enterprise for the first time... and leaving dock... and moving through the mysterious cloud were, they were unnecessarily long.  Much like the sequence of short scenes showing zero gravity in Kubrick's film.

The only thing missing was someone reading zero gravity toilet instructions...

The story is fairly cerebral and philosophical in nature, with little in the way of any real action.  In fact, the ship and crew are almost purely along for the ride up to the end, and put in a reactionary role until the final act.

The characters though, absolutely had hints of the ones we grew to love from the TV show... even Spock- though he was a bit more emotionless than during the show.

While "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" is a gorgeous film, it's long, and almost too Kubrickian in execution- without the action of the original TV series.  It's worth a watch, though, as part of a "Star Trek" marathon.  I'm beaming it into "The Bad".


Popular posts from this blog

Review: Force of Nature

Disappointing is the word that pops to mind when I reflect back on the new Mel Gibson movie Force of Nature. Then again, I didn't really expect much going in. Gibson has long been removed from the Hollywood A-list, a shame given how good an actor he is. And he is good in this movie, which is essentially Die Hard in An Apartment During a Hurricane. In Puerto Rico, I might add. Thing is, Gibson probably shot his scenes in a couple of days, and he's basically hit the Cranky Old Man part of his career, which is a shame. But he appears to have fun in the flick, which pits art thieves against Emile Hirsch and Stephanie Cayo's cops. Gibson is a former cop and Kate Bosworth his daughter, a nurse who happens to be on site when the hurricane hits and the art thieves show up. The problem is 95 percent of the movie is totally forgettable. We've seen this before, done better, in many different movies. One-location action movies are fine, but director Michael Polish doesn'

Review: Rogue (2020)

The thought of Megan Fox playing a battle-hardened mercenary is a funny one. Add in the fact she's a battle-hardened mercenary squaring off against a man-eating lion and the concept sounds downright laughable. But -- and this is a heavy but -- if you actually bother to take the time to watch Rogue, you might find yourself having a good time despite yourself. Or not. But I did, and I don't really give a rats ass what you think anyway. Hit me up at if this offends you, snowflake. Fox (who still looks amazing, by the way. Yup. I'm a filthy conservative. Feel free to complain at the above email) heads a mercenary band hired to rescue a governor's daughter from human traffickers. Things go wrong during the escape, and the team is forced to hunker down at an abandoned lion farm, where big cats are raised to be hunted on game reserves. Naturally, the farm wasn't so much abandoned as one of the cats got out and ate everyone. And now it w

Review: Parallax

About 15 minutes into the new sci-fi/thriller Parallax I asked myself "what the eff am I watching?" The problem is, I was asking myself the same question as the end credits started to roll. I have no problem with a movie requiring me to think. But I take issue with one that doesn't give me any payoff. And Parallax is certainly an epic failure on that level. The movie is about a young artist who wakes up one day to a life she doesn't recognize, spending her time asleep, haunted by nightmares of drowning in a black void. As she begins to figure out what is going on, her sanity is threatened. That's the best way I can describe the plot, although I had to do some research to figure it out. Writer/director Michael Bachochin has definitely crafted a thinking person's film but, unlike last week's review Volition, this one isn't all that entertaining. It's a slow mystery that takes too long to get where it's going, and then doesn't delive