This week, the nerds change format slightly and decide to segment their movie reviews. Listen as they do a late summer movie wrap-up by discussing Ghostbusters, Star Trek: Beyond, and Suicide Squad. This episode was brought to you by Taco Bell and AARP (just kidding, but not really).
Captain’s log, Stardate -310389.15. It’s been one week and a day since I viewed JJ Abrams’ much anticipated sequel to Star Trek (2009). I have since received mixed reviews from both hardcore enthusiasts and general moviegoers and I find myself comfortably settled on one solid opinion…
It was a very good movie.
Where Star Trek Has Gone Before
RED ALERT!!! – SPOILERS ABOUND – RED ALERT!!!
Stop now if you haven’t seen the movie. Bookmark this, go watch it and then return.
I love Star Trek. I love it. If you follow the blog then you already know I’m not a Trekkie, for Trekkie doesn’t even sum it up. I had to create an entire religion (Trekkism) to explain my devotion for the franchise. So in 2009, when J.J. Abrams released his rebooted version of the original series, I was skeptical. I remember the nervousness I felt watching the first few minutes, thinking to myself, “Ok, here we go. Please don’t screw this up!” By the end of the first 15 minutes, I could clearly see where he was going, with his alternate timeline/parallel universe. Later in the movie, they even take the time to spell it out on screen for anyone that hasn’t figured it out yet. This development in the plot was equal parts predictable and pleasing. Every fan in the audience was relieved; here was our out. Now Abrams could do whatever he wanted (within reason) and we could enjoy the ride.
#5 – Star Trek: Into Darkness
“Only number 5!?” cries every nerd worldwide. Yes, just number 5 but it’s a short list. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot in 2009 was, to be cliched as hell, A REVELATION! It was so good, I saw it five times in the theaters, then bought the Blu-Ray on release day. I can never get enough of it. It is truly a sci-fi masterpiece.
Now, the sophomore Trek movie… I have some reservations. The trailers look amazing, however they reveal almost nothing about the plot. As my good friend Dan said to me right after we saw the first teaser, “It looks nothing like a Star Trek movie.” That is my first reservation. Into Darkness does not look like any Star Trek movie, including the last one, which can be a really good thing, or a really bad thing. The picture could either delve deeper than we imagined possible into the Stark Trek universe and blow us all away, or it will stray so far from what has been tried and true that it loses not only the hardcore Trekkies, but the new fans as well.
The second reservation I have is that Abrams ditched the Star Trek franchise to direct Star Wars: Episode VII. How great can this Star Trek sequel be if Abrams is so willing to leave the series behind? This coupled with rumors that he butted heads with Paramount during production of Into Darkness lead me to believe that it could be less awesome than all the hype says it will be.
I remain optimistic, though. These reservations I have and the vague but flashy trailers only make me want to see the movie more. I need to know if it’s good. I need to know if it’s bad. I just plain NEED to see it on May 17th!
#4 – The Hangover Part III
The Hangover was one of the funniest movies that I have ever seen. The Hangover II was a quickly made and poorly thought out sequel that I forgot about 30 seconds after watching it. Now, having been burned so badly by Part II, why would I give a shit about a third? The most recently released trailer is the answer to that question.
Everything in the trailer calls back to the first installment. It’s almost as if Todd Phillips and Warner Bros have forgotten that Part II even existed. Superb! I forgot it too, but not how much I felt cheated when I spent hard earned American dollars to see it. These guys have a lot of making up to do, so they better have some extremely hilarious tricks up their sleeves.
That’s right, ladies and gents. The man, the myth, the legend… John Motherfucking Goodman! I’m sold as of this point. Goodman plays the proverbial “bad guy” in the third and final chapter to the newly dubbed “Wolfpack Trilogy.” Any movie that John has touched recently has either been good or great so hopes are high for May 24th’s epic finale.
Speaking of Wolfpacks and epic finales, that is exactly the kind of terminology that is selling me and a bunch of other Hangover fans. Plastered all over the posters and the trailers are references to “The Wolfpack” and “The End.” as if a legend as great as The Dark Knight’s is coming to a close. Finality… I love that shit like Lindsay Lohan loves coke-fueled gangbangs. They could come out with a trailer for a new Daredevil movie WITH BEN AFFLECK AS DAREDEVIL STILL… and as long as it ended with something like “THE SPELLBINDING CONCLUSION TO THE DAREDEVIL SAGA,” I’d be there with bells on.
#3 – Pacific Rim
I am, like many of my nerd brothers and sisters, enamored with giant robots. It started with the Transformers cartoons that I watched as a child and continued as I played the bad ass MechWarrior games on my computer or console. (They now have an Online Game… which rules.) I even enjoyed the hospital fire of a film ROBOT JOX, despite it having a terrible story with laughable dialogue. All it needed was giant robots.
Thankfully, Michael Bay no longer has the giant robot movie market cornered. With Guillermo del Toro directing and co-writing the screenplay for Pacific Rim, we’re sure to have a film with meaningful character development and astutely written dialogue amidst the earth-shattering special effects. The same cannot be said for the Transformers films. I love them to death for my own reasons, but the CGI is the only true star of those movies.
Don’t think for a second that I forgot that Pacific Rim is ALSO a monster movie. I adore giant monsters only slightly less than I do giant robots so naturally, my nerd boner stood at full attention once it realized it had a two-for-one on its hands. Yes… it has hands. Hands that will no doubt be clapping on July 11th when this movie comes out.
#2 – Iron Man 3