Skip to main content









Donation Heart Ribbon

Comments made by HughYeman

J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Movie

Beth: Thanks for your response. Now you've gotten me curious about two things.

What did you think of "Wrath of Khan"? I ask because it seems to me that you could say the same thing about putting action first about that movie. Other aspects of the same film provide a good basis for comparison. Carol Marcus's jaded expectation of Starfleet beurocracy and Kirk's existential crisis are two examples of an overall sense of ossification. Of course in the end Roddenberry's sense of optimism and renewal shone through, but my point is that most of the scenes relied on tropes familiar from our own flawed culture. The new movie, though, gave me a sense of another world - one utterly suffused with a mix of giddy hope and desperate need to prove itself. I don't know a thing about movie-making, but I tend to think that something as ineffable as the "sense" I got from the movie is a product of the director's skill.

My second question is "Why didn't you like Cloverfield?". We're talking about creating worlds through cinematography, which reminded me of how I thought that movie did a stunning job of immersing me in it. It was my favorite movie of 2008, so I may have the opposite prejudice to yours.

May 11, 2009 at 3:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Movie

I disagree with several things you said, but most of all this.

"...They are so concerned with moving quickly and introducing all the familiar elements that they never have time for a real story that conveys any of the thoughtful ideas that creator Gene Roddenberry made such an integral part of the original series."

I think that Abrams and company did an extraordinary job of packing the movie with visual and verbal subtleties that, taken as a whole, painted a vivid picture of an Earth transformed: the overwhelming scale of the Iowa construction facility; the gritty pride in Captain Pike's voice when he says the words "peacekeeping and humanitarian armada"; the determination in Uhura's voice when she demands that she's been assigned to the Enterprise; the formality and rigor of Starfleet Academy combined with the utterly casual inclusion of aliens. All these elements speak of a race that, for the first time, is devoting all its energy and passion to pulling together and making things better. This was a big part of Roddenberry's original vision.

May 11, 2009 at 8:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )