Thursday, May 07, 2009

Life Imitates Satire: Criticizing the New Star Trek Film

OK, fellow Earthlings, check this out.

THIS is the satire from the Onion: "Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film as 'Fun, Watchable.'"

THIS is an actual critical review from Newsweek: "Has Star Trek Lost Its Moral Relevance?"

I quote one complaint from the review:
The latest film version of "Star Trek," however, is more brawn than brain, and it largely jettisons complicated ethical conundrums in favor of action sequences and special effects.

. . . Where the series often condemned conflict and advocated forgiveness, the new film depicts a violent and war-torn future, reveling in big explosions and revenge.
Hmmmmmm. Hey, the reviewer's talking about blowing stuff up as if it were a bad thing! This is a summer action blockbuster, for goodness sake. I am just ITCHING to see stuff blow up!

I end with this rather arrogant-sounding quote:
Sure, it's just a summer blockbuster, but by leaving out the spirit of ethical inquiry, the new "Trek" isn't true to the show, or its fans.
What a sweeping moral and artistic judgment, eh? Listen, pal! I am a Trek fan, and a big one! I'll decide for myself if the new Trek is "true," mmmkay? I don't need or want a snooty Newsweek writer to decide for me.

By the way, the Cine-Sib is heading to a midnight showing of the film tonight, while I'm trying to go see a matinee tomorrow. Soon you expect movie reviews from both of us.


lumpy said...

Chalk me up as another fan in favor of big bangitude vs. moral thumpitude. The moralizing always detracted from the whole enterprise, I thought.

Mad Minerva said...

"Enterprise"! LOL!