Star Trek – a series of films that I have never actually watched, so I guess I’m part of the target demographic for the reboot. A big Summer Blockbuster, but you know what, actually a very good one. A story based around Spock and Kirk with characters that are engaging (even Anton Yelchin’s Checkov who makes you laugh with his first few lines becomes a rounded character and someone whom you’re with as the film progresses). Eric Bana (of Chopper fame) is also great as the baddie (and his ship is quality).
The film is entertaining enough for you to suspend your disbelief and be a part of the Star Trek world that’s unfolding on the screen.
But, for God’s sake, ENOUGH OF THE LENS FLARE!!!!! Honestly, it’s like someone designing a poster for a Summer Fayre on Word has just noticed the fonts option and made each sentence a different typeface. The director even stood on the side of the set shining torches into the lens to create excess flare. They even put fake flare on the cgi scenes. Enough already!
Let’s just hope that excessive lens flare doesn’t become de-rigeur for a classy shot the same way that a shaking camera has for action.
4 on 5
Director – J.J. Abrams
Starring – Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Winona Ryder, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Bruce Greenwood, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin
UK release – 8 May 2009