It’s been a while since I did a film review and I figure its high time I went ahead and knocked a few out.
I have no choice but to start with the film that surprised me the most. Sure, I knew it would be all that and more when it came to everything that makes science fiction so much fun, but Star Trek blew me away in several other areas. First and foremost, was the casting.
Spock was a no-brainer, one look at Zachary Quinto with pointy ears and everyone was sold. I was skeptical of Chris Pine as James T. Kirk, but the little touches he added to the character made you believe he was a younger version of Shatner’s Kirk. Watch him take his saunter/skip down the steps of the Enterprise bridge and you’ll see it. The most shocking however, was Karl Urban as “Bones.” If there was ever a person cast to portray a character already well-known as a previous actor, I haven’t seen it. Urban was spot-on and left even the most casual Trek fan giggling every time he spoke, bitched or frowned.
Overall, it was a lot of fun and while I think most of it is due to the homage paid to the original actors, the storyline itself wasn’t bad. The action sequences were top-notch. Who doesn’t love a free fall dive to a drilling platform and then fighting for your life while it tilted, swayed, and pitched… all while a bunch of bad guys try to take off your head? Good times.
RATING 8 out of 10
I rarely see a film based on a comic book that can’t stand and for that reason, I probably rated this one a lot higher than I should. The story was lame, the CGI was subpar, and the dialogue sounded like it was written by a 13 year old. That said, I enjoyed X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Hey, I told you I was a sucker for a comic book hero.
Wolverine has never been one of my favorite characters and I have read nothing of the Project X storyline, so I had no skin in the game. For me, it was just a story about a reluctant hero, suckered in by his heart, betrayed, and pissed off enough to turn in some pretty fun action sequences. I was upset that Gambit character (played by an actor I really like, Taylor Kitsch) wasn’t developed more. I would have liked to see Kitsch act more.
Hey, it wasn’t great… but if you want a fun little diversion that requires you to turn off your brain for 107 minutes, you could do much worse.
RATING 6 out of 10