Thursday, October 3, 2013

GALAXY QUEST (1999)

Don't let the fact you don't know anything about "Star Trek" stop you from watching this delightful and skillfully written space comedy.  I for one have never even seen one minute of any the shows/ movies and don't even know what the story is, but I still love GALAXY QUEST and I've seen it a bunch of times.

Many years after the science fiction show "Galaxy Quest" was cancelled the stars rely on appearance gigs (conventions, store openings, etc.) for money.  They're a jaded group but still appreciate their dedicated fans.  One day the Captain (Tim Allen) is approached by a group of real life aliens asking for his help.  He mistakenly thinks they want him for a paid appearance so he agrees.  Not to lose out on a gig some of his co-stars (Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell) tag along and end up getting involved in the middle of a huge interplanetary war between the peaceful humanoids aliens and the warlike talking insect-reptile aliens.

Not only is it a brilliant satire of "Star Trek" but it's also an respectful (and touching) tribute to fandom in general.  Amazing cast, fast pace, Grabthar's hammer, impressive special effects, historical documents, chompers, rock monster, tentacles, great story.  GALAXY QUEST is a excellent film that can be enjoyed over and over again.  Highly recommended.