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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

November 6, 2010

star_trek3 Director: Leonard Nimoy 
Harve Bennett 
Harve Bennett
William Shatner/Leonard Nimoy/DeForest Kelley/George Takei/Nichelle Nichols
Year: 1984
BBFC Certification:
105 minutes

After watching Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, I figured that it was time to watch Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, which carries on from where Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan ended. As I have said in the previous reviews of Star Trek, and as I will say on every Star Trek review, I’m not at all a fan of Star Trek and I don’t know hardly anything about Star Trek. These reviews you will read is from a non-Trek fan’s point of view so those interested in the series can read about them. After Spock sacrifices his life to save the Enterprise crew, Kirk and the crew return to Earth where Spock’s father visits him and thinks that Spock had given Kirk his spirit and therefore must return his spirit and his body back to Vulcan. However, Kirk had left Spock’s body on another planet and he does not have his spirit but he thinks he knows who does. I must admit that this is a step up from the other Star Trek movies and this is simply because the acting has improved. The cast were better as their characters this time around and they were a little more convincing too. One thing I was happy about was that they actually had more things to do in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock than in any of the other movies so far, it may not be much but it’s still something. The story was more or less touch and go, there were times when the movie was decent and kept my attention but there were a couple of times when I could have very easily switched it off. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock has trouble with it’s pacing as sometimes it could be slow, but there were other times where it was just right.

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock may not have gotten a positive review from me so far so let’s focus a little on its good points. As I have mentioned before, it’s acting has improved and the characters are given more to do. The special effects for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock are great and the battle scenes were good, however they weren’t really very exciting and they didn’t grab your attention as much as they should have done. Yet again, an occurring problem with the Star Trek movies is that it’s for Trekkies and not for anybody else. In some of the scenes, you might be a little bit confused if you aren’t a fan of Star Trek but for the fans, they’d like this installment. It’s better than the first three movies but that isn’t saying very much, however it shows that, as each movie goes on, they get better so hopefully Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home will be better than this.

I personally think that this would have been so much better as a feature-length television show than a movie since it felt more like I was watching an hour and forty-five minute episode. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is another Star Trek movie that I have had to use Google for some explanations. I would actually like to see a Star Trek movie where it’s a little friendlier to newcomers or at least friendly enough for me to understand it that much, I would have no need to use Google. Overall, it’s not bad but it’s definitely not good. It can be boring sometimes but there were some worthwhile scenes. As I have said for the previous movies, this is more for the fans.


One Comment leave one →
  1. ryuk permalink
    November 6, 2010 4:47 pm

    to be honest i almost agree to a certern point, I do not think they need to explain anything they didn’t have explained in the movie, Its like a new comer of Docter who asking how the tardis works, or a new wather of star wars wanting to know the history of the sith. Some things are best left for the fans.

    The postive thing i’ll give as well is that the camera’s werent on kirk all the time, other cast members actully had a chance to show themselves.

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