I never thought I would see the day when I’d actually ask my husband to take me to a Star Trek movie. When we first met, his love for the series was one of the things about which I most teased Greg. Well, my transformation into a very geeky mom has been fulfilled even more greatly by my enjoyment of the new Star Trek movie. Not only did I ask Greg to take Adam and I today, I actually really LIKED the film.
Let me say up front that no matter how much you love Star Trek and want to share it with your children, this is not a film for little ones. Before deciding if the film is family friendly, please read the reviews by the USCCB and Decent Films. Along with some very intense but not too graphic action scenes, there is one incidence of “a short but frisky bedroom scene with skimpy attire, some crude language and a single profanity.” (USCCB review) That “frisky” scene actually made me a bit mad – it was completely unnecessary for the film (we already know James Kirk is a womanizer by that point) and added nothing. It upsets me when filmmakers take what otherwise could be a fairly teen friendly film and add content that makes a mom squirm. That scene aside, there was nothing too intense in the film for my almost 15 year old Adam, but I wouldn’t recommend the film for anyone younger then thirteen. The Bishops have given it an AIII rating, classifying it as appropriate for adults. Decent Films calls it appropriate for teens and up. You alone can decide if you want your teens subjected to this level of “friskiness”.
The bedroom scene aside, I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the film. I’ll say that I’m a big LOST fan, and J.J. Abrams impact on the film is very apparent. A particularly twisted time travel plot gives the film a bit of a LOST feel, as does the film’s attention to character development. Since I’ve never watched an entire episode of the original Star Trek series, I wasn’t upset by what some refer to as a defiling of the “canon” — changes in the stories time line and license taken with some characters. I’ve seen enough Saturday Night Live style parodies of Star Trek and popular culture references to realize that the actors were chosen to carefully reflect young versions of the originals. I also truly enjoyed Leonard Nimoy’s reprisal of Spock. If you’re irritated by the time travel elements of LOST, you may be bothered a bit by this theme on the Star Trek movie. As for me, I thought it added to the story and was connected enough that I didn’t feel totally confused.
Immediately following the movie, I surprised myself by turning to Greg and asking if we could rent the DVDs of the original series – who knew a mom of teens could suddenly be turned into a Trekkie! If you think you might have my same reaction, check out Star Trek: The Original Series – Season One (DVD/HD DVD Combo, Remastered Edition) over at Amazon. We actually popped into Best Buy after the movie to take a peek and found the first season entirely sold out.
Have you seen the new Star Trek movie yet? If so, I’d love to hear your take on what you liked, what you hated, how you felt about the “friskiness” and if you’d recommend the film to others. I’m particularly interested in what true Trekkies have to say about the film.