“You have been and always shall be my friend.”

Ever since I briefly wrote about my sci-fi roots a few days ago, and also because the series of “original” Star Trek movies has been playing on HBO since Christmas, I have been thinking about watching “Star Trek (2009) directed by J. J. Abrams“. Early this morning, I turned it on.

This is one of my favorite movies and it sits in a short stack of movies on top of my Blu-ray player.  I have watched it countless times since watching it for the first time after purchasing it on dvd.  I did not see it in the theatres, but strangely my daughter who knows virtually nothing about Star Trek did, and loved it. 

I do recollect seeing at least some of the other films in the theatre, I specifically remember seeing “The Wrath of Kahn” and I believe, the 4th which was about the humpback whales.  I also watched some of the tv series at home.  I do not consider myself to be anywhere near a Star Trek expert.  It is more the case that i know enough to be dangerous.

So as a Star Trek fan of this caliber, I love this film.  The music is wonderful throughout, and I love this explanation of how the enterprise crew met.  There are enough cheeky nods to the other movies and interesting moments that provide reasons for the characters development to keep me smiling through the entire film.

The cast selection was perfect and I’ve looked for and watched many of the lead characters in other films.  Chris Pine in the disappointing, “Unstoppable”, John Cho in the sadly short-lived tv series, “Flash Forward” and I saw the film, “Whats your Number” in the theatre to catch a quick glimpse of Zachary Quinto, which was not enough for me.

I have to admit that the emergence of Spock as a romantic lead is fascinating.  I love that Spock gets the girl in this film! I want more and sadly every time I look for the release date of the sequel to this film it is pushed back.  IMDB now shows a vague 2013 release.

When the credits rolled I was surprised to see some names that I didn’t remember seeing in the film.  Eric Bana, who I loved in , “Troy”?  I had no idea he was the villain in this film.  Also Simon Pegg, Winona Ryder?  I credit the costume / make-up as well as acting ability.   

Special features on this version of the DVD are great.  There is a gag reel included that I have watched a few times as well as the usual director commentary.  All worth watching.