I just got back from seeing the new Star Trek (2009) and this movie was incredible--as the majority of professional movie critics have said already. The writing, casting, acting, and special effects were amazing. The only thing I found difficult was the constantly moving camera, which caused a slight motion-sickness effect, since my wife and I were sitting too close at first. We moved to the back row of our small theater and the effect almost went totally away.
Purists will always find fault, as they did with the Lord of the Rings movies, but now is not the time for Star Trek fans to turn on their franchise and quibble about how Kirk shouldn't be Captain of the Enterprise at this point in time. The old show and movies will always be there and they can enjoy them forever.
This movie will bring a legion of new fans to Star Trek--and that was the point--to energize a new generation and bring back the excitement. Kids who see this will beg their parents to rent the old movies so they can see the "alternate universe" that Star Trek used to be.
I predict that there will now be a renaissance of all things Star Trek. This movie is going to be huge and we can only hope the sequels will be as good or better.
I have one more thing to say about the new Star Trek franchise . . .
Live long, and---wait, how about this instead (wink to old Spock) "good luck."
Paul Genesse, Author and Editor
Author of The Dragon Hunters
Book Two of the Iron Dragon Series
(Five Star Books, May 2009)
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