Monday, December 7, 2009
By Grabthar's hammer, by the sons of Worvan, you shall be avenged.
Hello I am the movie encyclopedia and if no one else will see it, I will.
Its no secret that with almost every popular show on TV that there is a devout fanbase that follows the series' every move. Even after the show ends or is cancelled, these fanboys will travel from convention to convention to see their favorite stars and idols one more time. Most of these fanboys are loved by the actors and some are hateful of them because they have been typecast into one role for eternity. But either way fandom is here to stay and because of that many films have been made about the subject...none of which have been very good. The only good one was an homage to Star Trek that was loved by fans, critics and the original castmates. It was also the acting debut of young funnyman Justin Long. This movie is Galaxy Quest.
Galaxy Quest is the story of an old Star Trek-esque show called Galaxy Quest. It has the same style, theme song and everything that Star Trek had. It also has the devout fanbase. But while some of the actors are sick and tired of being reduced to convention appearances, some, especially Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen in his best role) loves the spotlight and eats it all up. One day a group of strange looking people called the Thermians get Nesmith to help them out aboard their ship. Well this ship turns out to be real, the threat is real and these are real aliens. Grabbing all the cast members and one red shirt guy named Guy (Sam Rockwell) they all go up to space to help them out. The Thermians think they are real space pioneers but they aren't. They are washed up actors.
Its an extremly well told story that blends creative sci-fi elements as well as hillarious dialogue. Tony Shaloub, Sigorney Weaver, Missi Pyle, Sam Rockwell and Tim Allen all provide hillarious dialogue and even Justin Long (as young as he is) does great in this movie showing how much of a comic icon he was to become.
Its a great commentary on fandom, its a wonderful sci-fi movie, its a hillarious comedy and its a movie I will still watch ten years from now.
MY VERDICT: OWN IT