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Star Trek: The Motion Picture 1979
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  • Robert Wise
  • December 6, 1979
  • 132 mins
  • English
  • Adventure, Mystery, Science Fiction
The human adventure is just beginning.
When a destructive space entity is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine, and hopefully stop it.

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I absolutely liked the original Star Trek series, even though I haven't complete it yet, but I had not seen this film. So I indulge myself with this first film in honor of Star Trek's 50th anniversary.
It's definitely just like the original series but on a much more bigger scale and budget. You have your familiar characters Kirk and Spock, Sulu. The slow pacing gives it a grand monumental feel that allows the viewer to appreciate the set designs and directing style. It reminded me of something from Ridley Scott and older classic films like Time Bandits (1981) and Fantastic Voyage (1966). Every word that comes out of McCoy's mouth just cracks me up. His character adds comic relief to the dialogue.
After this, I now want to continue where I left off on the series and catch up on the rest of the series.

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This movie could have been vastly improved with more curmudgeonly, sassy Bones. (Everything is improved with more sassy Bones.)

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I watched this movie again this past weekend & it's probably been at least a decade since I last saw it. On blu-ray this movie is a little better than I remembered. It's certainly better at a higher-resolution. This is my favorite Enterprise design from the entire "Trek" history. The musical score is still great. "Ilia's Theme" is just a beautiful piece of music.

Biggest complaint is probably that it felt more like a really long episode of the TV show, however I think this movie is better understood when you consider the factors surrounding it:
--Reunion of the cast of a show that was loved by many
--First time they were on the big screen (it was not common to make a movie out of a previously existing TV show)
--Infighting among the producers/scriptwriters

This article is some great background on what was going on: http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/star-trek/39338/star-trek-the-battle-to-make-the-motion-picture

You don't have to like this movie, but perhaps that background info will make you hate it a little less.

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