johnlink ranks STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (1984)

Switching over to Verizon next week, so I’m losing my Cox DVR. I’ve been sitting on these STAR TREK movies for awhile, so we will see what I can get through in the short term here. I’ll  just go ahead and say that I’m not anticipating the filmic value of TREE OF LIFE or the sheer joy of THE AVENGERS. Had to break the great movie streak at some point…

I watched STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (1984) on 5.10.12. It was my first viewing of the film.

This film continues on, directly, the story of the very solid STAR TREK II which had Spock sacrificing himself. In this 1984 movie, it turns out Spock’s body somehow survived, while his mind ended up in the head of Bones. Kirk steals the Enterprise in order to reunite his once dead friend.

Really, this is just an elongated episode. The production value is not particularly high, and though it pains me to say because Nimoy took over the Director’s chair, the movie has nothing new to offer.

For me, the best part of this was seeing a young Christopher Lloyd as the villainous Klingon. He does an effective enough job, but if I didn’t know it was Lloyd, I would think nothing of the character.

Shatner is particularly bad in this. He loses someone important to him, and the acting in the scene is unfortunate (which I hate to say as a Shatner fan). The acting, like everything else, is uninspired.

The script was actually passable. The Bones/Spock confusion worked, and the justification for Spock’s survival was clever. They carried the Genesis concept from film number two, which helped create a nice continuance.

I was entertained enough for an hour and forty-five minutes. But I can’t say there was much which would ever bring me back. I can only imagine that the state of sci-fi TV was pretty rough at the time if this was what passed for a theatrical release.

Still, I’m in for number four. Why not…

SCORES

FILM: 3; MOVIE: 5; ACTING: 2; WRITING: 5

3+5+2+5+0=15

FINAL SCORE: 3.75

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~ by johnlink00 on May 10, 2012.

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