We went to see Star Trek ($22) with our friends Doug and Sarah this past weekend, leaving the kids with a babysitter ($50), and then going to dinner ($35). And we had a good time. The movie is clearly worth it, especially if you are rationing your theater-going. It is big and rambunctious and fun and noisy and all the things a summer flick should be. Recommended.
Two things of note from my viewing:
- I’ve seen Star Trek is its various incarnations, and I have to say, I have never really liked Kirk. Shatner never seemed sexy enough to be who Kirk is supposed to be, and while I like the twinkle in his eye, I never did buy that he was serious enough, smart enough, or… heroic enough to be this guy. I blather, but enough to say that Chris Pine made me a believer in Kirk.
- The Star Trek phaser pistol has always been ridiculous, especially when compared to icons like Han’s blaster or Deckard’s pistol (go Harrison Ford!) but the easily-missed flip between stun and kill on Kirk’s pistol was pretty damn cool.
Go see it if you have enough money. Us? We’re starting a special fund for movie nights. We should have enough saved up by next month to go see another one.
If you last saw a movie in the theater in 2008: [xrr rating=4/5 max_stars=5]
If you hate Star Trek, science fiction, or fun: [xrr rating=3/5 max_stars=5] (it’s that loud)