Kevin Smith is one lucky homo sapien! He saw MI:III and The Dark Knight early, and here in mid-September of 2008 he’s already seen Zack Snyder’s Watchmen and J.J. Abrams Star Trek! I demand him to make me his friend!
While in Toronto this week he spoke to MTV and gave a glowing review of Chris Pine’s performance as a young Kirk. and had good words to say about Zoe Saldana as an equally young Uhura.
“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.”
I’ll admit I haven’t seen one episode of Star Trek, however if the trailers for this are great then I will probably see this next May.