The dedication at the beginning of the film may read “For Gene Roddenberry”, but we all know this movie is really for the fans. More that anything else it serves to make up for The Final Frontier and give the original crew a loving send off (and not a moment too soon, the cast is really looking old by this point). In this sense it does a great job. The choice to end on the eve of peace with the Klingons is great, as it perfectly signifies the passage into the next generation of the franchise (see what I did there?). As a movie, the plot is a little slow and all of the scenes with Kirk and McCoy on the prison planet feel strangely out of place. Not to mention it has worse-looking CGI blood spatters that The Walking Dead. I don’t think this is anyone’s favourite Star Trek movie, but it was a solid end to the series. And at least it didn’t end with Captain Kirk being killed by a falling bridge and buried under a pile of stones. I mean, how lame of a final send-off for the character would that have been?
Overall Rating: Fan Service/10
The Star Trek movie franchise has certainly had it’s ups and downs, but The Final Frontier is the only one of the original six that I would actually call a bad movie. I guess after letting Leonard Nimoy direct that last two movies, they decided to give William Shatner a turn on this one. And as if that wasn’t a poor enough decision, they also let him co-write it. The result is not good. Besides the ridiculous plot, one of the worst things about this movie is all the misplaced humour. It tries to capture the comedic tone of The Voyage Home, but all of the jokes feel forced and awkward, from the hard-to-watch camping trip at the beginning that just refuses to end, to the hover-boot ride up the maintenance shaft. Not to mention all the half naked cat women and the Uhura fan dance, which leads me to believe that William Shatner is kind of a creepy sex pervert.
Overall Rating: Complete Mess/10
The fourth movie in the Star Trek franchise might be the most enjoyable to watch, but it is far from being the best. It does a great job of capturing the comedic moments in the show, but maybe goes a bit too far with it. The whole movie ends up playing as a comedy, and while it is really funny, one wonders whether or not it’s appropriate. It’s an odd choice for sure, and it seems like a big risk they took, but if you ask me it payed off. Like I said, this is the most fun to watch out of any of them, and by the time you hit the fourth sequel, that’s really all you’re looking for. Having said that, I do have some complaints. Firstly, the overarching environmental message. It just seems out of place. It’s a Star Trek movie, I don’t want to hear about the problems with whaling. Secondly, the stupid girl from the 20th century is annoying and can’t act. Thirdly, nobody really seems to give a crap about changing the past. Sure, time travel is nothing new for the crew of the Enterprise, but in the past (no pun intended) they’ve always seemed very cautious about messing up the timeline. In the season 1 episode City On The Edge Of Forever, when Kirk and Spock go back to the 1920’s, Kirk falls in love with a woman, then finds out she is supposed to die, and must let it happen to avoid altering the future. In The Voyage Home, they pluck some girl right of the 1980’s and bring her with them to the 23rd century. Not to mention the old woman in the hospital whom McCoy saves, and Scotty giving some plexiglass manufacturer the formula for transparent aluminum before it’s been invented. Seems kinda sloppy to me. Despite it’s flaws, however, this movie manages to be one of the better entries in the series.
Overall Rating: Nuclear Wessles/10
So after the success of The Wrath Of Kahn, the studio wanted to make more movies, but there was one problem: they had just killed off one of the main characters. I guess what happened then is that they started to think of how they could bring him back, and so, you have this movie. One long overly complicated excuse to bring back Spock for future sequels. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad movie. But it’s not exactly good either. It falls right in the middle. It’s not as bad as The Final Frontier, it’s not as good as The Wrath Of Kahn, it’s not as slow and epic as The Motion Picture, and it’s not as funny as The Voyage Home. It just kind of is. But what it did do was set the stage for more great Star Trek movies to come, and for that, we thank you.
Overall Rating: Is it just me or did Kirk not seem that upset about his son dying?/10
The Wrath Of Khan is often called the best Star Trek movie, and for good reason. It is not only the best of the franchise, but if you ask me one of the best sci-fi movies ever made. Now, I would say that this movie is not as faithful to the tone of the show as the original movie, and while that is true, the truth that is kept to the character and the intelligence of the source material keep it from being just another action movie. While this movie does have a lot of explosions and space battles, the core of the conflict between Kirk and Khan is a battle of intellect. It’s amazing not only how much story they can tell through such a simple conflict, but how much about Kirk’s character is revealed when he comes up against his intellectual equal. I also love how we see Khan, a man known for his great superior intelligence, destroy him self and everything that he worked for in the petty quest for vengeance. Everything in this movie, from the genesis device, to the Kobiyahsi-Maru, to Spock’s final sacrifice, are great cinematic set pieces that hold true to the essence of Star Trek. This movie is not only better than both is predecessor and its successors, but it’s mass appeal managed to single handedly revive the whole franchise.
Overal Rating: KHHAAAAAAAAANN/10
The first Star Trek movie is one of the least popular, but in my opinion, one of the best. It’s often criticized for the slow pace and long, silent panning shots. While these can drag a little, particularly at the beginning when you first see the Enterprise, I think they establish the tone really well. This is no longer a silly TV show, this is an epic, and these shots along with the excellent score do a fantastic job at making this movie feel big. It’s everything great about the show, but on a much grander scope. In fact, I think this movie probably captures the feeling of the show better than any other Star Trek movie (except for maybe The Voyage Home). While most people will tell you that Wrath Of Kahn is the best one, I think the original Star Trek movie is worth another look. And hey, you gotta respect any space movie that comes out two years after Star Wars and doesn’t borrow from it at all.
Overall Rating: Underrated/10
Her has a relatively simple premise, and I was concerned that they wouldn’t be able to stretch and interesting story out of it. They sort of didn’t. The core story is very simple. Just your basic love story. However, it is the unbelievably skilled execution of this story and the incredibly vibrant and realistic world in which it takes place that makes this movie a must see. It’s funny, smart, and genuine, and the acting is great. Joaquin Pheonix is pulls off an amazing performance, and so does Scarlett Johansson, even as just a voice. Then there’s the cinematography and set deck. This movie is beautiful. Every shot is just so colourful and fun to look at, and the futuristic world is one of the most interesting yet believable I’ve seen in years. Now, I do think that they could have cut about 40 minutes out of the movie. There’s a while there towards the end where it seems to stay in one place more too long. The story is moving along at a steady pace, and then it starts to stagnate a bit. Having said that, I still thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this movie, and would call it a must see of 2013.
Overall Rating: Fuckin’ Go See It/10