Because everyone else seems to have loved Star Trek, and while it was enjoyably brainless at times there were a few things that really bugged me about it. Now I wasn’t expecting the GREATEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME because let’s face it, it’s a Star Trek movie and pretty constrained on that front. However, the big thing that really pissed me off was when I realised it involved time travel – almost always a sign of massively lazy plotting and just a vehicle for bring back Leonard Nimoy as though that was crucial for the story to come full circle. Which it wasn’t. Only geekiness on the part of the writer/director required that and it immediately constrained the plot so much the film was never going to become as good as the sum of its parts, which were usually pretty good parts.
The other thing that bugged me was the structure of the film, bad guy appears and conveniently directs the course of Kirk’s life, Kirk spends five minutes screen time at the fleet academy and then heads off to chase bad guy. Continues to chase bad guy for a while, deals with bad guy. Nothing to surprise, nothing to make you think, just a lot of eyebrow waggling from Spock who looks woefully lacking in instructions from the director and is having to make it up himself. There was nothing else to it at all, some leering at women that wouldn’t have looked out of place in a Roger Moore Bond film, lots of in-jokes (one of which, I forget which, I realised I was enough of a geek to realise the trivia behind it unlike most of the cinema, which just goes to show) and some pointy-ear rubbing on the part of Uhura – for reasons I suspect was the writer trying to move away from the more obvious Kirk-Uhura sexual tension and keep to the checklist of human emotions that are required in an epic film, but just failed to work at all.
Actually, there was something else. What the hell is with the propensity to give up captaincy of a ship so easily? Can’t see the old Kirk doing so without a gun to his head, not anyone on BSG or B5 for example, but this lots do it at the drop of the had. Spock loses his temper for a moment and so relieves himself of command, whereas I couldn’t help thinking that Admiral Adama would have choked the guy into unconsciousness, kicked him in the crotch and then chucked him bodily from the room shouting ‘and who the fuck else wants some eh?’ And that would just be for questioning his orders, not attempted mutiny and dissing his mother.
So, anyone else annoyed by what could have been a really good film? Or is it just me as it is on the subject of Batman Begins and the piece of toss they called scriptwriting in that movie?