It's probably obvious to regular readers that I am a bit of a Star Trek fan given my recent "Science Officer" postings using the excellent widget that Delirious found. I have been reading up on some of the film reviews of the new Star trek film before I go to see it and there is a short review at a fairly new film review website - The Film Review which discusses the approach taken by actor Chris Pine to his role as the young captain Kirk.
The review - William Shatner has no place in new Star Trek - is a rather brief piece that explains that Chris Pine apparently went out of his way not to watch William Shatner as Captain Kirk because he was worried that he would simply end up doing a bad impersonation of him in the film. In fact the director also appears to have gone out of his way not to get caught out in an attempt to create a prequel of gold plated accuracy.
This is always the problem of course with prequels - how much should the prequel pay accurate homage to the details of the other films in a series or can it afford to be a "re-imagining".
The latest Star Trek movie is by all accounts very much a re-imagining. I am going to go to it ( soon !!! ) with an open mind. I am not such a Trekkie that I will be looking for a detailed reconstruction of the old Star Trek. In fact if the Star Trek franchise is to gain a new generation of audiences and the Star Trek films are going to keep coming ( please !) then it is only sensible that any new film must be able to re-imagine in this way.
On a broader note I can't really make up my mind about Film Review websites like The Film Review. I always listen to the reviews before I go to see a film but reviews don't really influence me in my judgment of a film and there have been films which have had poor reviews that I personally enjoyed. I tend to prefer film reviews with a little more meat to them than those in The Film Review website but these kinds of sites are great for snippets of information that you don't get elsewhere and its also nice to get a wee film clip alongside a review like the film review site has.
Interestingly the site is running a film review competition offering free DVD rental for a year for the best user submitted film review.
Overall I would give the Film review website maybe a 6 out of 10 I think and I have no doubt that I will be giving the new Star Trek movie a 10 out of 10 regardless - biased ? Moi?
I would be interested to hear what other peoples favourite films are and views on how this film review website stacks up compared to any others that you use.