Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan Movie Review
Star Trek 2 saved the Star Trek franchise. Star Trek's first venture onto the big screen was a great disappointment. Aside from the cast and ship, the movie had very little similarity to the tv show. Nicholas Meyer, the director, did his research. He realized that a key component in the appeal of Star Trek was the relationship between Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, as well as the insertion of humor. Meyer's other contribution was to make the enterprise more like a navy vessel, with more militarism, such as the uniforms and more formality in ranking. He also made the torpedo room similar to old sailors ramming in a shell into the barrel of a cannon, just in time for a broad side. And we see this happen as the enterprise and reliant exchange their round of fire, with each passing each other side by side in traveling in opposite directions, shooting phasers along the side of the other ship. You could almost imagine the ships out in the ocean.
Ultimately, ST2 is about revenge and coming to terms with age. For Khan, he was driven by revenge alone, just as Ahab was in Moby Dick, to which Khan frequently quotes. For Kirk, he was dealing with his mid life crisis as he looked back on his life and only saw regret and was unable to see the future. Khan is destroyed, Kirk loses the part of himself, Spock, but through it all, finds his youth anew. In the shadow of the birth of the genesis planet, Kirk is renewed. This movie is not action, or science fiction. It is a character movie set in the mid 23rd century. I give it 3 thumbs up.