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I hated this slow, cerebral film as a kid. This time, though, it clicked with me a bit more. That's not to say it's a fun or exciting film, it really does drag. But this time I'm watching it coming off the original TV show for the first time, and I just really like spending time with these characters. It's a shame it's all so beige. Certainly, it has one of the best scores of any film, and I really liked the 3 minute opening musical overture.

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It is what it is, a start of franchise back in the day. Very slow... no warp speed here.

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It's really slow and the effects don't hold up great.

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This movie is quite a departure from the original TV series. Of course, the personalities we've come to enjoy are all here. The visuals are decent and grasp for a "2001: A Space Odyssey" look. I was amazed at how much time the director allows for a tour of the freshly redesigned Enterprise. The way the crew was reassembled was thoughtful.

You're also allowed to marvel at the wonders of the alien spacecraft, but for far too much time. Robert Wise obviously respects the viewer's attention span, but almost to a fault. There's also a nice twist late but it leads to a lackluster conclusion.

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How in the name of Hell can you have an exterior visual in Quad L-14?

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Awesome special effects barely save this movie from it's dull and dialogue-heavy pace.

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I wont watch the show/s but Ill watch the films. Go figure.
EDIT: If I type out a short novel as a comment/review do I get payed?

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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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I wouldn't say "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" is a bad movie but the plot is rather obscure and told very slowly. The producers relied heavily on special effects instead of action and a thrilling story.

I wouldn't recommend watching this flick.

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good

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