Saturday, May 16, 2009

A Bridge Between Old and New

Last Saturday night, while I was still back in Western Pennsylvania, we caught the new "Star Trek" movie at Destinta Theaters in Bridgeville.

It was an enjoyable flick that I think will be appreciated by both longtime Star Trek fans and those less familiar with the franchise.

My only major critique of this prequel is the overuse of a "time continuum" storyline that we've seen before (most notably, of course, in "Back to the Future").

In his L.A. Times review, film critic Kenneth Turan correctly observes:

... it is pleasant to report that though it's not perfect, the reconstituted "Star Trek" is successful enough for everyone to breathe a sigh of relief. Though it has its over-caffeinated aspects and its missteps, this "Star Trek" has in general bridged the gap between the old and the new with alacrity and purpose.

I would be remiss if I failed to note that Zachary Quinto, who does a fine job portraying a young Spock, grew up in the Pittsburgh area and is a graduate of Central Catholic High School.

As of this writing, "Star Trek" has a well-deserved 95 percent approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes.

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