Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

Star Trek Film Fest Movie #5

Synopsis: The Star Trek gang finds “God” be a real dick.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “It’s Stardate 8454.130 and vacationing Captain Kirk faces two challenges: climbing Yosemite’s El Capitan and teaching campfire songs to Spock.”

What Did I Learn?: Michelle Nicholls (Uhura) performing a semi-nude fan dance:  sexy in 1969, cringe-inducing in 1989.  

Really?: 1) Gee...that “Great Barrier” at the Centre of the Universe was a bit of a dud. I wonder how they made it through. 2) I realize the Enterprise is manned by a skeleton crew, but how does Sybok gain control of the ship so easily? Is everyone standing around, passively? 3) Fart jokes? A Star Trek movie is resorting to fart jokes?  4) Even if that alien dude at the end isn’t really God, it’s a bit of a letdown to see him bite the dust after taking a couple of proton torpedos to the head.

Rating: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is one, long William Shatner ego trip; not only does he direct, but he gives himself the best lines, and most of the heroics. Nearly everything about this movie is wrong: the special effects are sub-par, the pacing is inconsistent, the storyline meshes poorly with Voyage Home-style comedy, and the characters become caricatures...Sulu gets lost in the woods? Scotty bonks his head on a metal beam? Uhura...well, let’s not bring up that fan dance, again. I’m barely recommending this movie only because Laurence Luckinbill provides a wonderful performance as Sybok, and I liked the interplay between Kirk, Spock and Bones. 5.5/10 stars.

1 comment:

  1. This movie was terrible, the only redeeming thing about it was that when I went to see it in the theatre it was sold out and I ended up seeing Dead Poets Society


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