Back near the end of August Kevin Smith popped up on KROQ where he hinted some first impressions of Star Trek. Yes - the director has been given the opportunity to see both this movie and Watchmen. I can't tell you how envious I am. Smith has now popped up once again, but this time over at MTV Movies Blog, to expand on his Star Trek impressions.
Star Trek Screened... Maybe
The one thing that stands out for Smith is Chris Pine who, as you know, took the reigns of James T. Kirk.
“It’s really strong,” said Smith. “[J.J. Abrams] was rejiggering the opening few scenes. It’s one of those things where you first heard about it and were like no they’re not going to redo ‘Star Trek’! And then you see the movie and you think, wow he did pull it off! He turned it into a viable renewed franchise.”
Who stood out among this new cast, I asked him. “Chris Pine is fantastic,” he gushed. “It is a star-making performance. From his first scene forward, this dude is not doing an impression of Shatner. He is doing young Kirk. He doesn’t have the slow delivery mannerisms of Shatner but it’s totally James T. Kirk, the bravado, the self-assuredness. It’s such a great performance. You can’t take your eyes off the guy. Anytime he’s not on the screen you’re waiting for him to get back. And the chick [Zoe Saldana] who plays Uhura is really great. They made Uhura really interesting.”
Just as long as Fox doesn't come out of the woodwork to sue this production all should be fine. If Paramount needs anybody else to screen the film, my email is...