As a big fan of the "Star Trek" franchise I was bit excited to see this latest installment. Not so excited that I stood in line for the opening. I'm very rarely that ready to see a movie. Sorry, Star Trek. I am happy to say, though, that my enthusiasm was not misplaced. I was ready to have so many questions answered by this prequel. Was Spok always so logical? Were Uhura's skirts always so short? Was Scotty a hotty when he was younger? Did Cap'n Kirk always...talk...like this?
This movie grabbed my attention from the get-go and held it until the ending credits. I want to go see it again...right now. But, I don't think my boss would appreciate that. Cussing was kept to a minimum with not an F-bomb in sight. Always a good thing. The closest they came to nudity was a make-out scene and both people had their unders on. There was, of course, violence but no gore. The worst part for me was Kirk's face after he got in a brawl.
I only disliked one of the characters in this film and that's just because I decided years ago that I didn't care much for this actress (I'll mention her in a bit) and I have had trouble tolerating her since. Chris Pine who played James Tiberius Kirk did a wonderful job. I've liked him since he played the part of Prince Nicholas in "Princess Diaries 2". He's a very good actor and most definitely stayed away from the ugly tree when he was growing up. I think I enjoyed Karl Urban (Dr. McCoy) the most. I didn't realize until I looked him up on www.imdb.com that he played the part of Eomer in the second two of the "Lord of the Rings" series. Loved him in that and love him in this. He's just all kinds of good looking. And he's older than me so that's even better. Yes, I realize that that's not in any way, shape or form relevant but there you go. Nyota Uhura was played by Zoe Saldana who I've liked since seeing her in "Center Stage" and "Guess Who". She got to act more grown up in "Star Trek" than she's been allowed to in the past. And I think her skirt may have been a tad longer than Nichelle Nichols' (the original Uhura) was. Maybe not.
John Cho did an excellent job as Hikaru Sulu but I just couldn't get him out of my head as MILF boy from the American Pie movies. Nearly ruined his character for me...but not quite. Anton Yelchin who played Pavel Chekov looked to be in his early teens though according to imdb he's twenty. I was very glad someone on the crew made a comment about his age. We find out his character is 17 in the movie. You go Chekov! Scotty was played by Simon Pegg. I'd never seen him in any movies before but recognized him from the previews a few years ago of "Shaun of the Dead". While not drop-dead gorgeous he is kind of boyishly cute. He did a great job as Scotty. I was so ready to hear "She's breaking apart Captain!"
I've recently watched the entire "Felicity" series (as rented from Netflix) and loved the Meghan character. Since then I've seen Amanda Foreman (Meghan) on the TV show Private Practice as a disturbed woman who is currently in the act of stealing one of the pregnant doctor's baby - from her womb! I think this will actually be showing this Thursday. Anyway, I digress. She has one line in this movie and I wish she had more. As for the actress I don't much care for the winner is...Winona Ryder. Yup, that's right. She's in this movie and plays Spok's mom. She didn't really look like herself for the most part (except maybe her mouth) but I still instantly disliked her. Don't hate me for it. I just don't like her. I can't help it. But, having Leonard Nimoy in this film more than made up for this one discrepancy. He did a phenomenal job, as always.
I've got to figure out a way to shorten my opinions on the characters. Or not.
Sex - None. Make-out scene as mentioned above and that's pretty much it.
Violence - Please don't make me answer this. It's "Star Trek".
Language - Not much at all. Very impressed with the writers that they decided their vocabulary was much better than that.
Drugs - None
Alcohol - A bar scene.
I would recommend this movie to anyone. Even PT. If she wasn't grounded from PG-13 movies right now her mom would probably take her to see it. Long story. And you wouldn't find it very interesting as you don't know her. Well, most of you don't. This is definitely a worthy addition to the Star Trek franchise and I still hope to see more. And to answer the rest of my original questions. Spok was NOT always so logical and Cap'n Kirk did not...always...talk...like this.