Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Live Long and Prosper
So, I saw Star Trek XI on Friday, and have now had an entire weekend to digest what I saw, consider an appropriate response, and gather my wits in careful contemplation. Ahem.
It. Kicked. ASS!!!!!
Now, putting aside a discussion on the story (which was awesome) and the acting (which was amazing), I wanted to mention a few points about the art.
First, the Starfleet Uniforms...I must say that the designers, who had quite the tricolor mountain to climb, truly conquered an Everest there. Looking at them, there was no doubt they were from Kirk's TOS era yet eschewed any sense that they were actually from the 60's. When you look closely, the details are imense (the starfleet insignia is patterned across each tunic.)
Next, creatures. Neville Page was one of the concept artists on the film, and even a cursory glance at the creatures clearly show his sure and frankly disturbing design sense. Fleshy, alien, and totally different, Neville continues a career of consistent excellence.
Lastly, and for me, most importantly, the Enterprise. Ryan Church was the concept artist in charge of redesigning this, the Iconic ship of Star Trek, and certainly, this task was artistically the most challenging of the movie. Screw it up, and surely torch weilding mobs would have formed. Thankfully, and unsurprisingly, Mr. Church not only suceeded, but hit this one straight into warp! No one would doubt that Church's Enterprise is indeed the Enterprise of the Original Series, the Constitution class. However, the redesign has taken the fairly simple design of the original, and transformed it into a ship of the 23rd century. With sleek lines, positively orgasmic folds and crevices, this new Enterprise truly looks like the future. But...but what is even more impressive and telling is the fact that though this new Enterprise looks so advanced, it does not look more technologically advanced than Federation ships of the 24th century (i.e. the Enterprise-E). Church's ship effortlessly and clearly fits into the established design lineages and progressions that Star Trek Enterprise just failed at doing.
Okay...I'm going to stop before launching off into another rant. I just want to end with this: If you haven't seen Star Trek XI yet, go. Go now. For the love of GOD, go. Not only will you be doing yourself a huge favor by going to see Star Trek, you'll be saving a puppy. Don't you like puppies?