'Galaxy Quest' Review: The Best Star Trek Movie Ever Made
Tim Allen is not a name I frequently relate to quality films. Pieces such as Shaggy Dog, Santa Clause 3, and Wild Hogs have created a connection in my mind that links Allen to terribly written stories and cheap jokes. For this review however, I got to watch one of the few gems of his career, Galaxy Quest.
Galaxy Quest is a carefully crafted parody of the Star Trek franchise. At first, the actors of a Star Trek style show are attending conventions, desperately clinging to their only marketable attribute, their participation in a cult television series. When a species of aliens use the broadcasts to create a complete society, including technology that matches the props and special effects of the show, a more hostile space fairing race begins to brutally destroy their population. These aliens decide that their only chance of survival is to get the crew, who they believe to be real space explorers. As the actors realize that the ship they're on and the monster their fighting are not props built in a nerd's garage, but real technology and a very hostile creature, they are required to find some way to survive and save the innocent aliens who mistook them for heroes.
The cast of the film is astoundingly packed full of well known and impressive talent. Sam Rockwell plays "Guy" sometimes referred to as "Crewman number 6", a terrified extra who worries that he is the film's equivalent to a red shirt. Tim Allen plays "Jason Nesmith", a reference to William Shatner. Alan Rickman plays the alien member of the crew who has come to hate his character's catch phrase. Tony Schaloub acts as the ships apathetic and unfazed engineer. Sigourney Weaver depicts the token female crew member. Other actors in the film include Enrico Colantoni, Justin Long, and a pre-The Office Rainn Wilson.
The movie itself is awesome. Every scene is a reference to some science fiction trope. The reactions and fish out of water behaviors of the various characters are entertaining and humorous. The meta comedy of actors pretending to be actors pretending to be real space heroes adds even more entertainment value to film. Sarris, the villain of the movie, is intimidating and impressive. His costume and makeup are extraordinarily well done, including moving plates of body armor and spikes that spread out from his back when he gets angry. The special effects are superb, with expansive visuals of the cosmos, tentacled alien bodies, and explosions galore.
Galaxy Quest is one hell of a good movie, and any fan of comedy or science fiction should certainly give it a shot.
Final Say: Watch it