Tuesday, April 30, 2013
This is another film that I keep looking at the cover of and keep wanting to see it to know what it's about. Here's my review for From Here to Eternity.
Plot: set in 1941, Private Prewitt transfers from the Bugle Corps to a rifle unit at Company "G" at Schofield Barracks in Oahu. When captain Holmes hears his reputation as a middleweight boxer, he asks Prewitt to join their team but he refuses stating that he quit boxing. So Holmes tries to make things a living hell for Prewitt until he gives in. Meanwhile, First Sergeant Warden falls in love with Holmes' wife Karen on whom Holmes has been unfaithful to, and Prewitt falls for a woman named Lorene at a gentleman's club called the New Congress Club.
Okay this didn't completely blow me away, but I liked it. The stories were interesting, the characters were enjoyable and were well acted, - Frank Sinatra seems to stand out the most which I would agree with, from his last scene in the film for sure. The general concept of what happens during most of the movie may not have aged well since it's a little familiar, (like I personally can't help but think of Top Fun a little with some parts of this film) but I think it works out. But personally I think my only real issue is that I don't think the stories completely balance out. I generally say that because I kind of wanted more of Warden and Karen's story. They were already a little interesting in the beginning what with how he's having an affair with her against her husband who's always cheating her, but then you have the beach scene and she talks about what happened during the earlier years of her marriage and I ended up liking her character more. From that I personally wanted more from their story and thought they could've done more. I mean they did eventually but I don't think it paid off as much as I hoped it would. But anyway, I also liked the fighting during the very end. They did a good with that one stunt especially of a guy getting show down by a plane I thought they did a rather impressive job on.
And that's my review for From Here to Eternity. The plot may be familiar and some of the stories aren't balanced out, but it still has great characters, very well acted, good action and is altogether an enjoyable film all around.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Well it's been a bit since I last reviewed a winner from the 60's so let's take another look at that decade with The Apartment.
Plot: Baxter is a lonely office drudge who at a national insurance cooperation. But as a way to get higher in the cooperate ranks, he allows some of the company managers to borrow his apartment for when they are picking up women. Eventually the personal director Sheldrake find out when he interviews Baxter for a promotion, and he give him the promotion along with tickets for The Music Man on the condition that he can use his apartment too. Baxter convinces a elevator operator named Fran whom he's had his eye on for a while to come to the show with him, but before she does, she meets an old fling of hers who turn out to be Sheldrake. Sheldrake tells her that he intends to divorce his wife for her and so they spend the night at Baxter's apartment.
I'm afraid this is another one of those films that despite getting really good praise during it's time, it was just okay to me. The concept of the story I sort of liked with how specifically this office drudge is helping his superiors so he can go higher up the cooperate ladder in return. And the second half of the film was a little interesting with how they kept the story going. But may main problem is I didn't really care for the characters. It's not that they were horribly acted, but I couldn't help not really caring for them. Baxter especially I didn't find him really being more then a guy who is really just a "doormat" (as critic Mary Ann Johanson put it) and kind of creepy when it comes to how he has specifically been eying on Fran. He even openly admits some of how he's been doing that right in front of her and I'm left being a little curious what he was thinking and why she wasn't really weirded out about it. This film also got negative reviews for how it has themes of infidelity and adultery. To that I say that while I wasn't super disturbed at the fact that it did have that, it did seem a little surprising that they would have those themes in a movie from around the 60's I don't claim to be an expert as to when those kind of things were less of a big deal in film as time went on, it's messed up that they have it in this film from only 1960. To which I"m glad that based on those reviews, I'm glad I'm not the only person who feels that way. To be fair it's not like this film has any sex scenes or anything like that, but they still touch on those themes which I think is enough considering the time.
And That's my review for The Apartment. It has an okay story, but it has characters like Baxter who are not very memorable or particularly interesting, and it has themes that are questionable considering the film's time. Altogether, The Apartment wasn't that great for me, so I wouldn't really recommend it.
Well I needed to get back to reviewing the more recent best picture winners at some point, so let's start off with the last best picture winner from the 80's: Driving Miss Daisy.
Plot: Daisy Werthan is a 72-year old widow in Alabama, Georgia who lives alone in her house under the exception of her African-American housemaid Idella. One day Daisy has trouble with her car and ends up wrecking it on accident and so her son, Boolie wants her to have a chauffeur for her own good but she stubbornly refuses. But then Boolie finds an African American man named Hoke who was a chauffeur for a judge, and hires him to drive for his mother. Daisy refuses to have Hoke drive her, but after she fells embarrassed whenever Hoke drives her around in her car when she goes on errands on foot, she agrees to let him drive her.
This is a nice and sweet film. It has a very nice story, it is warm and well paced, it does a very good job at getting better and deeper as it goes on, and it's just a good film altogether. Notice how I didn't mention the acting in that sentence. That's because that can't just be summed up in a short part in the middle of that sentence because the acting is generally the heart of this film. I mean the stars themselves shouldn't have to go without saying; Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, I don't seem to have seem Tandy in a lot of other films, but Freeman and Aykroyd are well known to me. But even if Tandy isn't known to me, she's just as memorable in this film as Freeman and Aykroyd. All three of them - Tandy and Freeman especially played very charming characters. They were well acted, the chemistry was well shown, and it had some really well done makeup during the end of the movie. It doesn't surprise me a whole lot that this film won best makeup at the oscars too because they did it remarkably well and it really helped with telling the end of the story. Now this film does go into the racism from around that time, but I don't think they really shove it in your face. They picked the right moments to get into that and I think they did it in a way that worked.
And that's my review for Driving Miss Daisy. It's a nice warm story that doesn't go too much into the racism at that time, (at least not for me) and otherwise is a nice time for watching some memorable performances from Tandy, Freeman and Akyroyd.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
So this best picture winner is the film that came a year after the end of WWII and is also the film that actually beat It's A Wonderful Life for the best picture slot ( I know right?) So here's my review for The Best Years of Our Lives.
Plot: Three veterans named Fred, Homer and Al all return home in Boone City after the end of WWII. Fred is a decorated Air Force captain, Homer is a sailor who lost both of his hands when his carrier sunk, and Al is a platoon sergeant. All three of them have trouble getting back into civilization after the war. Fred has been given his old job as a soda jerk much to his wife's displeasure. Al has been given back his job as a bank loan officer because of his experience, but when he gives a fellow veteran a loan, his boss tell him not to make a habit of it. And Homer and his parents have trouble adapting to his disability and pushes his fiancee away to avoid being a burden for her despite her claims that she feels otherwise.
I actually ended up particularly enjoying this movie. It didn't start out too strong at first, but after a while I did come to really care about these characters and what they went through. It shows how rough it was for veterans during the aftermath of the war with trying to find jobs, seeing their families again, and just all around trying to get back into civilization. It's well acted, it's touching... it may leave out some characters that I kind of wanted to see more or and go on a couple of directions that I figured they were going to go, but I found those issues to be minor issues personally. Now as I said in the intro paragraph, this was the film that defeated It's A Wonderful Life for best picture during this year. Now is this another issue where the winner had no right to defeat the loser? You better believe it. Don't get me wrong, I understand why the academy did it. It's a film that has all to do what's happened to our troops after only one year of being home from the biggest war at that time. So it makes sense to have this film pulls the strings for the academy and have a good portion of the audience to feel the same way with that decision. But there's no way around it, It's A Wonderful Life is better. It just had so much more power and heartstring-pulling that makes it VERY little wonder that it's much more popular and memorable then this film. (hmm...personal note: make sure to finally review It's A Wonderful Life this christmas even though I keep failing to do that every year.) But just because that one is so much grander as a film, that doesn't automatically mean The Best Years of our Lives is a bad movie. Because it's still has it's moments of being emotional through the experience of these characters. So while The Best Years of Our Lives has little to no right to win against a classic like It's A Wonderful Life, it's still a good enough movie to be a somewhat respectful opponent for It's A Wonderful Life to lost to.
And that's my review for The Best Years of Our Lives. It's well acted, it's touching, it goes very deep (but not completely deep) into what veterans and their families go through after WWII and while shouldn't have won, it's still enjoyable and it makes sense why it won best picture during its year.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Best picture winner film + Gregory Peck = yay!
Plot: Philip Green is a widowed journalist who has just moved to New York with his son and mother. During the beginning of his stay, he meets a magazine publisher who want Philip - a gentile - to write an article about Antisemitism. Philip has trouble trying to find a way to approach the topic, but then he comes with the idea of claiming to everyone that he is Jewish under the identity of Phil Greenberg and writes about his first-hand experience. Meanwhile he falls in love with the publisher's niece, Kathy and begins dating her.
Okay maybe it's cheating to give this film a positive review mostly because of Gregory Peck...but can you really blame me? It's still Gregory Peck who in some ways is still being a very caring father and otherwise a man who wants to fight for those who are not being treated as equals in a manner somewhat similar to his performance as Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird...though EASILY not as heroic or film historically memorable. Despite the big differences there is to both performances, he still comes out that way to me and also is on a subject that is a little new to me when it comes to film. I can't say I've seen a lot of movies that have to do with Antisemitism here in America - not too long after WWII on top of that. So while a story on racism as a whole wasn't new, the particular kind of racism and how they where explaining it was a little new for me as a story. Looking back though, I would say that while they do talk about it a lot, they don't necessarily show it a lot aside from two or three particular scenes. And while I wouldn't completely find it an issue, I can see where some people would be going when they would say that this film is preachy. But does that make this film bad? No. Because it still has a fairly different story, good performances for other actors besides Pack such as Dorothy McGuire and is just enjoyable all around.
And that's my review for Gentleman's Agreement, It may fall a little short in really showing the subject rather then just talking about it and it could appear as peachy for some people, but otherwise it has a good story that was new enough for me, and good performances from the majority of the cast...but mostly Gregory Peck.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Okay it looks like some people are not going to be entirely happy with my rating for this particular movie, but I got to be honest with how I felt, so here's my review for The Lost Weekend.
Plot: Don Birnam is an alcoholic who has spend the past six years living with his brother Wick due to his addiction. Wick along with Don's girlfriend Helen have been trying to get Don to break his addiction and get him to try to stop but to no avail. Wick begins to give up on trying to help his brother, but Helen is refuses to give up.
Now I wouldn't exactly say that this didn't deserve to win best picture during its time. But I just can't help but find the whole thing to be a cliche on a whole. I mean don't get me wrong, it's discussing a very serious and dark problem that countless people suffer from in any day and age, not just back in 1945. And there's nothing wrong with that. Also they do display it very well with how desperate Don gets when he wants a drink and how hard it is to fight it, making it little wonder that he won Best Actor for his performance. Heck, the last quarter or so of the film was pretty suspenseful, especially with the rat and the bat moment. While that scene didn't scare me to death or anything, I will admit that it was really creepy and I'd hate to be like Don and see something like that whether I'm drunk or not. Even though the bat was totally fake when it was flying around, they made up for it with the ending with the rat squeals, the blood, and how Don was screaming in fear. That scene just really stood out for me. So with that said, it does show the terrible things that alcoholics go through, and it ends with a line Don says that was a really good way to give the audience the all around message. But when it comes to a story, I guess I just didn't find it all that original. I mean it's not terrible or anything, but under a couple exceptions like the rat and the bat moment, it wasn't all that new to me with how he's always dying for a drink and he has a woman in his life who refuses to give up. That kind of stopped me from liking this film the way everyone else seems to have. It's not that I hated it - I mean I'm giving it a positive rating and all - but it was still an issue for me with the movie as a whole.
And that's my review for The Lost Weekend. As a story it may not be that thrilling for me personally, but it still is well acted, has some really good suspenseful moments, and it does go into a problem that many people in 1945, and today and...well ANY time and age go through that makes this film worth watching.
The next best picture winner is Hamlet. Nuff said.
Plot:Well I'm pretty sure just about all of you who are reading this review know the actual story. But for those of you know don't, Hamlet is a prince in Denmark who has just lost his father. His mother marries his uncle and become king of Denmark. But then Hamlet comes across the ghost of his father who claims that he was actually murdered by his uncle so he can become king, so the ghost tells Hamlet to avenge him. Troubled by this news, Hamlet thinks about whether or not what the ghost said is true and that he should kill his uncle to avenge his father's death.
Honestly to me, this was just Hamlet. I'm not saying that it's bad or anything, but it wasn't something you'd already know if you know the story almost scene by scene. But I'm in no way saying that this movie is bad. It does give out some very good performances. They do a fairly good job in actually express how they are feeling with whatever is actually happening. I guess I didn't really expect that from this film because my brother had told me that he wasn't all that entertained when he saw this film a couple years ago or so. And I will also add that I ended up particularly enjoying the last half an hour or so of the film. The sword fighting was actually really well done, the last scene with Ophelia really showed how she goes mad, and I liked the symbolism with the last moment they had with Claudius. I thought it was a really nice touch. So with all of that said, it was better then I thought it would be. But that doesn't mean I was completely entertained. It was still Hamlet, a story that just about everyone knows. It gave us the story almost completely the way it was written - they completely left out the characters Fortinbras, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, which I was personally surprised about the last two and found that to be another down - so while it did things better then I thought they would, it wasn't much for me personally.
And that's basically my review for Hamlet. It's not a huge thing for me personally since I'm not a die hard fan of the play or anything, but it does have good performances, really enjoyable last half hour, and despite cutting some characters out, it otherwise give you Hamlet plain and simple making it a fairly enjoyable film to see.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Alright next on the best picture winners from the 50's, we have Around The World in 80 Days...nuff said.
Plot: 1872, an English gentleman Phileas Fogg claims that he can go around the world in 80 days. So he makes a bet of 20,000 pounds with the fellow members of the Reform Club. So with the help of his new valet Passepartout, Fogg starts to travel either by balloon, ship or train to try to go around the world in that amount of time before he loses everything due to the wager.
So...yeah this is another film among the best picture winners that falls into the "nice" category. But let's start with what's good about it.It's pretty loyal to the book. I mean I haven't completely read the book myself, but I have heard most of the beginning and end and maybe some parts of the middle here and there from a book on CD in my dad's car from when we went on a trip into the mountains one time. But I'm pretty sure that's enough for me to know the very basic main points of the all around story, and it seems they did all of that pretty well. This film does a decent job at really exploring all these different parts of the world. And finally Passepartout did a really good job as the comedy relief for the whole film. But then you have what's bad about this film: firstly, I feel they may have given Passepartout a little too much attention. I mean he makes the film entertaining, but I think that gave us little to go with for Fogg or some of the other characters. Maybe that's how it is with the whole story in general. I don't really know for sure since I didn't read the entire book, but maybe that's a general issue for not giving us a whole lot with any of the other main characters. Secondly this film was much too long. There were some scenes that needed to be cut down, because I don't think it really needed to be 3 hours and a couple of minutes long. Finally I can't help but not like how they ended the movie. I"m not spoiling anything, but how they used the last minute or so seemed way to abrupt and stupid to really make sense as a way to end the movie.
And that's my review for Around the World in 80 Days. It's a light-hearted film that tells the story well as far as I know from listening to some of it from the book on CD, it can be pretty amusing to see so much of the world from just this film, and you get a fairly entertaining performance from Passepartout. But otherwise it's doesn't give us a whole lot on the main characters aside from Passepartout, it's way too long and it finishes in a way that I personally found to be dumb. It's a decent flick to give us the story of Around the World in 80 Days, but it's not much after that.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Alright so let's move on with best picture winners with one that I remember my brother talking about how bad it apparently was. Here's my 425th review: The Greatest Show on Earth.
Plot: Brad is the general manager of the world's largest railroad circus, who comes through a bunch of troubles as he tries to make a large profit from the circus. Firstly his girlfriend, Holly gets out of the center ring when the management hires a world class trapeze named Sebastian who takes a liking to Holly along with many other woman. Secondly, one of the midway concessionaires, Henry is suspected of running crooked games of chance under the employment of a mysterious gangster. And finally, Buttons the Clown appears to be hiding from someone unbeknownst to Brad.
To me, this has the melodrama of Broadway Musical, and the unnecessary length to The Great Ziegfeld and...that's almost it. Most of the time the film is either throwing in all this melodrama between Brad, Holly, Sebastian and some other woman whose name I...am not sure if they even gave her one. But otherwise they're just showing us a circus with pretty much everything you'd see in a circus...except for the Disney mascots that they threw in about halfway in. And that's kind of the majority of just about anything that happens in this film. I mean too the film's credit, it does give the story a kind of decent turn turing around the last half hour. But also to a tiny bit of the film's credit but really to it's failure, the best part of this film is the fact that this film has James Stewart, whose character is a missed opportunity. And I say that for several reasons: 1) He's James Stewart 2) he's a clown with a mysterious past, 3) he's James Stewart 4) he's practically everyone's best friend in the circus 5) he's James Stewart 6) he's funny as a clown 7)...did I mention that he's James Stewart?...aw who cares, I mean IT'S FREAKING JAMES STEWART!!!!!! Buttons the Clown was a very interesting character and the fact that he was played by a star like James Stewart just makes him better, and the fact that they hardly went really into him until around the end is just...fail! But it's not without it's good moments. Sometimes just watching the circus can be really fun with looking at all the tricks with the trapeze and elephants, and Buttons and the other clowns where fairly funny. And again, the turn that they took during the last half hour or so was actually a good way to give the film a climax and resolution...at least for what it's worth.
And that's basically my review for The Greatest Show on Earth. It'll have some points as far goes as just watching a circus and having an okay climax, but otherwise it's way too long, has some melodrama that you just don't really care about from the main characters, and has a missed opportunity with James Stewart as Buttons the Clown. I'm sure it was good during its time, but it just doesn't hold out today.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Alright so here's the next best picture to review: Gigi.
Plot: Gigi is a young girl who lives with her mother and grandmother in turn-of-the-20th-century Paris. She is learning to be a courtesan from her Great Aunt Alicia while her grandmother spend time with a wealthy young man named Gaston who has grown to be bored with his life. After Gaston recently publicly humiliates his mistress, he decides to go on a vacation by the sea and Gigi convinces him to take her and her grandmother with him, and they have a great time. Because of this, Alicia wants to work more into Gigi's education to try to make Gigi as a prize to Gaston, much to the former two's unawareness.
While I wouldn't say this film holds up after all these years, I still ended up enjoying it for the most part. It's well acted, the story was not spectacular but it was still good, and the music was...alright. When I say alright, I mean that while you might like most of the music, most of the songs turn out to be very plain and not very groundbreaking as far as music goes - especially coming from the guy that did My Fair Lady. But at the same time I ended up liking the songs anyway at least when it came to the subject matter behind them. When I say that, I mean that some of them are about things I feel that we don't usually hear when listening to a musical such as songs like The Parisians and I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore. Yet at the same time I have issues with some of them like how Gaston's Soliloquy seems a little too similar to I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face from My Fair Lady, (to which I feel the fact that this was done by Frederick Loewe who has done the music for both of them explains it.) But I think the worst is the very first song Thank Heaven For Little Girls. When I brought up to my brother that I had just seen this film, the first thing he said was "wasn't that song just creepy?" Why would he say that? Because it's sung by Uncle Honoré who is an old guy. And and old guy singing about little girls...that does sound pretty darn creepy. But other then that, the characters where acceptable, the story was confusing at some point but was still enjoyable for the most part, ultimately it's not one of the best film musicals or musicals in general, but you can still enjoy it for the most part.
And that's my review for Gigi. It's not a great musical with it's songs that have somewhat unique subjects but doesn't change much in terms of tune, or characters and story that you would find particularly great or memorable. But it still turn out to be a simple musical with a simple story you'd expect from a musical that in a way makes it a decent time to watch.
Friday, April 12, 2013
WARNING: The following list was made a couple of months after the end of season 3. So this was made before Equestria Girls and season 4, both of which have some songs that would've been added on this list if it was made around then. So if you're asking why some songs from either from the movie or the latest season aren't here, that's why.
So as very few of you know, I actually am what people call a Brony. Which means I'm a guy (straight guy at that) who likes the TV show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
15) At The Gala
14) Raise This Barn
13) The Ballad of the Crystal Empire
12) A True, True Friend
11) B. B. B. F. F.
10) Babs Seed
9) Find a Pet
8) The Flim Flam Brothers
7) Art of the Dress
6) This Day Aria
5) Winter wrap-up
4) I've Got to Find a Way
3) Becoming Popular
2) Love is in Bloom
And the #1 song from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is....
1) The Smile Song
Honorable mentions: Evil Enchantress (Fluttershy version), The Perfect Stallion, Welcome Song, What My Cutie Mark is Telling Me and Celestia's Ballad.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Okay so a little before I took my little break for school and other stuff, I kind of heard about this movie. One of my friends was reviewing it so I became a little curious and decided to just borrow it from the library and watch it having little to no idea what it really is or what it really was about. So as a result, here is my review for Ruby Sparks.
Plot: Calvin is a young novelist who struggles to think of a new story to write after the success of his early novel. One night he has a dream of a girl that he meets which inspires him to write a story about her and naming her Ruby Sparks. He begins to get truly into writing it, but one day he finds Ruby in his house as an actual person, and that his further writing affects her to change.
So what did I think about this film? It actually turned out to be really nice. The story was actually very well written, I was able to attach to the characters really well, they were all well acted, and the film really took its time with just about everything that happens. It was also clever, it had its amusing moments, it had its sad moments, sometimes it was very sweet and romantic, sometimes it was deep, and sometimes it just let itself be what it really is and not try to be anything more then that. Did it have some downs? Sure. I mean it had some cliches that maybe weren't huge but at least noticeable, and there would sometimes be something about the character or their past (mostly with Calvin) that I wish I would get to know more about. But even then, most of these issues turned out to be very minor comparing to everything else with the film.
And that's my review for Ruby Sparks. If you've never heard of it up till now and barely know a thing about it aside from what I have already said, you should check it out. I for one am glad that I used my lack of knowledge about it to my advantage to just simply enjoy a plain good well made movie and I'm sure that you can too.
Alright so now that I"m back for more reviews for you guys, it's time I carry on with reviewing all these best picture winners. And we're starting that with the latest one that I've seen: All About Eve.
Plot: After Broadway star Margo Channing finishes another successful performance, she and her friends come across a fan named Eve Harrington who tells them about how she has lived a difficult life and how she has been following their theatrical tour. Eventually they like her so much that Margo hires her as her assistant. But unbeknownst to Margo and her friends, Eve uses this to her advantage to eventually become Margo's understudy. Eventually this leads to her beginning to climb higher into the theatrical world and manipulating everyone to get what she wants.
I was intrigued at how this film went after the first 45 minutes or so. If not really because of the comedy or anything like that, then definitely the drama and how much some of the characters change. I think the best examples that stand out for me are Margo and Eve. Both actresses who played these characters pulled them off really well making it little wonder that they were both nominated for Best Leading Actress. I mean Margo gave a very clear idea of being an actress who is beginning to and then but how Eve changes as we got to know her more throughout the film is just unexpected and is done very well. On another note with acting, we get George Sanders again who not only might have a little more screen time then he did in Rebecca, but also won Supporting Actor for his role. And who can blame him? I mean what he gives us later on in the film without giving anything away just somehow brought a lot more into it. Plus you still have to enjoy him even if you only like watching him just to hear his voice knowing that he's Sher Kahn in The Jungle Book. Now there have been critics and academics who have talked about how there seems to be some thematic content that seemed to have shown antagonism that existed between Broadway and Hollywood at the time. And yeah, later on in the film it shows. Rebecca Flint Marx noted in her review that the script basically went into a lot of theater types like the aging, egomaniacal grand dame and the outwardly docile, inwardly scheming ingenue to the powerful critic who reeks of malignant charm. (AllMovie.com. Retrieved 8 August 2009) And I think that's the thing that stands out the most from what I got out of the whole story of All About Eve as a whole. It showed us some of the things that people like Margo or Eve and some other characters go through in the life of show business. And I thought that was interesting that they went into that theme as the story progressed. Maybe there's more about that along with other things that you might notice if you watch the film yourself but if you do, you might find those things to be just as interesting.
And that's my review for All About Eve. It gave well done characters, had memorable performances, and had a theme that brought you to it more and more, making All About Eve an enjoyable film to watch among the best picture winners.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Hi everyone. Sorry that it's been a while since my last review, but I've been busy with school and a bunch of other stuff. But I'm back with some new reviews for you guys so let's begin with one I've been neglecting to do before Into Darkness hits the theaters and that's of coarse the reboot. So here at last is my review for Star Trek.
Plot: Shortly before the birth of James Kirk, a giant ship of Romulans appear out of a giant "lightning storm" in space attacking the U.S.S. Kelvin resulting in his father sacrificing himself and the ship to save him and his mother along with the rest of the crew. Years later, Kirk is in Starfleet Academy with McCoy when the same ship begin to attack Vulcan. So it's up to them and Spock aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise for the first time, to find out what the Romulans want and stop them.
Okay so the thing about this movie is that it's the first Star Trek ANYTHING that I ever saw. So it's basically because of this film that I eventually went through the original series and Next Generation and all the other films. When I first saw this movie I thought it was awesome and a really good way to introduce me to the entire franchise. Watching it again it's still good but it has its issues. Some people dislike how this film makes it look like everything that's ever happened in Star Trek at this point never happened, and I kind of feel like that has actually happened considering how I've gotten into the series over the past couple of years, particularly with Next Generation. Another issue people will have is how they have changed some certain aspects with the characters. Because while some changes are interesting ways to go at a different direction with the characters, some of the things that happen could a big issue for some of the fans. I mean my dad - while not really a big fan of Star Trek - thought that what they did different between Spock and Uhura was not okay. And while I was fine with it when I first saw this film, I will admit that watching it again after getting so far into the franchise, it is a little weird. Finally you have the most well known issue with this film that has since become to be known as the main problem with J. J. Abrams as a director: lens flares. This was something I also didn't really notice the first time I saw this film, but after a couple of years...yeah. I mean it's not like the did it in ALL of the shots but he did use a lot of flares - two or three ish shots were so bad that I could barely really see a thing. So while some people aren't optimistic, I hope that Abrams does less of that for Into Darkness. But let's talk about what's good. Firstly, there's the characters. For the most part, the cast brought back these characters fairly well. Chris Pine was pretty much Kirk, Simon Pegg was a very energetic and amusing Scotty, Zoe Saldana I liked as Uhura because her version I thought made us interested in her more as a person then I thought they ever really did in the original quite frankly, and Zachary Quinto... was just okay as Spock. But the performance I liked the best from watching this again was Karl Uban as Dr. "Bones" McCoy. The moment he appeared in this film I liked what he was doing. His expressions, some of his body movement, and most of all his voice just left me to quickly think "yep. This was a really good casting choice. This guy is carrying on the role of Bones really well." Secondly. despite what issues some fans might have, this film has a really good story. Because as a reboot, the story made this film both nostalgic for the loyal fans and at the same time be a great way to introduce the Star Trek universe for people who never seen it or really got into it. And I"m saying this because I've kind of been both crowds of people. I mean I already said that this film eventually got me into the franchise, but watching it again after all of the other stuff I've seen, it had a way of making it exciting for me to see some of the things from the original series again. I mean I'm not saying I've gotten so deep into Star Trek that I would in any way consider myself a Trekkie (the name for people who are devout Star Trek fans for anyone who doesn't know), but there were moments like when they first show the Enterprise that somehow made it a little exciting for me to see those things again. Oh, and the last good things are the action and just plain Leonard Nimoy.
And that's my review for Star Trek. Some of the changes may be an issue for some fans and the whole lens flare thing goes without saying again. But otherwise it had a very good cast, a well thought of story, and it performed almost perfectly in being both very nostalgic for the loyal fans and at the same time bring people who aren't familiar with Star Trek, get introduce to its universe.