Review : Galaxy Quest (1999/PG)

Ok first off Trekkies, this is not a Star Trek movie so you can’t count it in the official movie ranks. Trust us we will tell you what we think the best Star Trek movie is (Hint: NOT Star Trek 2) but that’s another review. For now, it’s time for Galaxy Quest. Right off the bat this is a film that plain and simple works. Sure everything on the show is real, but the characters who are all burned out, and fed up being type cast  from the TV is what makes this work. Tony Shalhoub as Fred, is wandering through the scenes almost in a state of being high on pot. Now let’s talk about Tim Allen as Jason the star of the series, for years people said William Shatner has a giant ego (maybe he does, but that ego and nutty uncle personality have him laughing all the way to the bank since he still has die hard fans) which Allen is doing a spot on parody. Alan Rickman also gets high marks for playing a master british thespian turned resentful second bannana in a tour de force role. Every scene he is tired of being upstaged or being loved for a stupid catchphrase, the annoyance and disgust he has are comic gems. Finally this film features a young (well 20 years old) Justin Long, who himself is parody of Star Trek fans. The fact the actors never watched the show is what makes it funny (as Craig Ferguson jokingly said about his Late Late Show ‘I don’t watch this crap.’) as they’ve done it all before but know nothing about anything they actually did.

On a scale of 1.0 to 5.9 it got a 5.7 out of 5.9


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