You know it’s one thing for Bond, to open in the UK, but why the hell should Star Trek open in Australia one month before it hits theaters in the US? Well, apparently, Paramount had a special little surprise for an audience in Austin, Texas last night. While at a screening, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof walked on stage and announced that they would be screening Star Trek to a US audience before the Australian premiere. (That’s right yanks, we won another battle!) The trio announced “that the premiere in Australia was happening within hours of that moment, so JJ couldn’t be there, despite his desire to spend the night in Austin watching Khan with a room full of real Trek fans.” And with that, they left the stage, and an audience full of Trekkies began their dream experience.
So far, all the movie reviews coming in have all been good, in fact, they’ve been more than good, they’ve been great. Without getting into too much details, we’ve read through a few different reviews and picked out some of the highlights without any big spoilers.
I’m sure we’ll be hearing more for the Australian crowd soon, but until then enjoy what Austin has to say…
The set up:
It also kicks off the real split between this universe and the Trek universe we all know. Without any cop-outs, Abrams and his team establish that with this single event everything has changed. In short, it’s the perfect set up for a reboot. It can (and does, with Nimoy’s appearance as Spock Prime, as he’s listed in the credits) respect the originals while being free to do its own thing. -Ain’t it Cool News
The runtime flies by with very few lulls in the pacing, reinvigorating characters and a universe that had, lets be honest, grown stale and tired. More than anything else, the movie just feels so much more fun than any previous entry. There’s more humor, more thrills, far more energy and a much better movie here than anything I’ve seen from Star Trek* since the 80′s. – CinemaBlend
…There are a few Trek fans who were worried that Abrams would turn this film into a big, glossy CGI spectacle that completely disregards the very intelligent roots of the series. If there is one thing Star Trek always got right in the old days — and we’re talking The Original Series and the first two films, of which I’m a big fan— it was a commitment to character and story above all else. This movie has that same commitment, but it is muted by an intense sensory experience. This may be a small problem for some fans, but I can assure you that when you get that first gorgeous shot of the USS Enterprise or you are thrust into the midst of a wild space battle, you won’t mind one bit. – FilmSchoolRejects
The visual style:
I also have to single out Abrams’ collaboration with Daniel Mindel on the photography. They use a ton of lens flares, making them part of the look of the film. On the planets, on the different ships… there’s a difference in the lens flares just as there’s a difference in lighting and I think it really gives the film a unique visual style that I loved. – AICN
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg and Karl Urban:
As far as performances go, Chris Pine is outstanding. He’s the embodiment of a conflicted soul, transcending the cliche of the troubled rebel with a greater destiny… Zachary Quinto is brilliant – creating an emotionless man without being robotic, using nuances to hint at something far more dynamic lurking just below his stark delivery… – FSR
Simon Pegg as Scotty is perfection (great job on the accent, dude), Zachary Quinto as Spock is not only visually perfect, but he hits that perfect balance of emotion and logic that is crucial to Spock’s character and Karl Urban seems like he was born to inherit the role of Dr. Leonard McCoy from DeForest Kelley. Urban will be an audience favorite, for sure, and his introduction (and nod to his nickname) is exactly what I wanted to see. – AICN
Bruce Greenwood, Eric Bana, Anton Yelchin, and Zoe Saldana:
Bruce Greenwood, Eric Bana and Karl Urban are all explosive and command the screen when they’re on. On the other end, Anton Yelchin is passable as is John Cho as Sulu, but neither character gets much material to work with beyond some simple comic relief and a brave moment apiece. – FSR
Uhura, played by Zoe Saldana, was smoking hot in a not-quite-there mini uniform that was very distracting. Eric Bana’s Nero was probably the weakest link in a very strong chain, but was pretty bad ass without being brilliant and his makeup, while understated, was awesome. – FirstShowing
There are several bits that feel rushed, from the narrated flashback (forward?) which seems to clip along far too quickly and forces Nimoy to be abbreviated, to the handling of the Vulcans. Sarek is the only performance here I’ll single out as being definitely poorer for the reboot. I’m not sure anyone could have filled those shoes, but the dignity and depth that Mark Lenard brought to the role is sorely missed. – CB
J.J. nailed it. This 11th film is easily the best looking, most expensive, best produced iteration in the franchise. This film is going to be absolutely massive. It’s epic in scale, and it’s easy to see where the $150 million went. It’s one thing to say you’re going to make a Star Trek movie that is true to the ethos of the original but accessible to a new audience… but to actually deliver on that promise is all together another thing and J.J. has done exactly that. – FS
The screening ended with Nimoy getting a long standing ovation and giving a touching speech ending with the Vulcan Salute and a “Live Long And Prosper.”
What do you think? Does this get you excited?