Starring: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell
Directed by: Dean Parisot
Written By: David Howard, Robert Gordon
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 42 min
In Galaxy Quest, the Star Trek legacy has never seen a better spoof while at the same time shown so much respect. This isn’t just a collection of quick jabs at Trekkies and the show they love. Galaxy Quest is a lot smarter than that. It throws in plenty of great Star Trek references, but also tells a fun story that anyone should be able to connect with. It’s also loaded with some great dialog, and a perfect cast.
You don’t need to be a Star Trek fan to appreciate this film. You also don’t need to be a science fiction fan to enjoy this movie either. That being said, if you are a fan of the original Star Trek series, you’re going to get a lot more out of Galaxy Quest, as there are loads of great references to specific episodes. There are also plenty of general references to the old series too, that I think most people will catch. Like the extra crew member (the red shirt!) who always dies in the first act, and the action hero captain always managing to lose his shirt during a fight!
The visual effects are great, and there are some big laughs to be had with Galaxy Quest. If you had the opportunity to see a big screen show with a crowd I’d say go for it. At home, a HD showing is recommended.
Best element for me:
My absolute favorite characters:
Guy (Sam Rockwell) – “I’m not even supposed to be here. I’m just “Crewman Number Six.” I’m expendable. I’m the guy in the episode who dies to prove how serious the situation is. I’ve gotta get outta here.”
Fred (Tony Shalhoub) – calmly – “That was a hell of a thing.” [after being blasted from Earth, through a black hole, to arrive on the NEC Protector]