Week five is time for one of the big categories: comedy. I'm hoping for some good nominations.
A comedy of Galactic Proportions
Decades after the success of the sci-fi series "Galaxy Quest," the show's washed-up stars -- Jason Nesmith, Gwen DeMarco and Alexander Dane -- are unwittingly recruited by actual aliens to pull off an intergalactic rescue mission.
I’ve been avoiding this one for years. The combination of Tim Allen and memories of Spaceballs didn’t make me want to run to the DVD rental shop despite knowing the Star Trek theme. What changed was seeing favourable ratings pop up from time to time in my stream here on LB. I was still suspicious, as there are many people who love Spaceballs, so I broke my rule and read some reviews. Well, it seemed like an interesting premise, so I stuck it in my watchlist. No way my Star Trek averse wife was going to watch, so it would have to be held for a solo night. Well, the opportunity arose tonight.
The execution of the first act was…
One of the most ridiculously awesome films ever made. It's impossible to talk seriously about this because it's just so damn fun to watch.
You've got a hilarious script, parodies of nearly every sci-fi trope in existence and the cast...well, it's Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Rockwell and Tim Allen turning everything up to about 100 and then running away with it.
How can anyone say that they don't like this?
Oh my god, this film looks like it was just as much fun to film as it was to watch. WHERE DO YOU EVEN BEGIN? I can't believe I didn't see this sooner, what a lovely little film. Alan Rickman at his snarky best, SAM ROCKWELL! SAM ROCKWELL SHOULD BE IN EVERY SINGLE FILM IN THE WORLD. AND LITTLE BABY JUSTIN LONG EEEEEE HE'S SO CUTE.
The aliens were so hilarious, everything about this is just pure fun. Incredible.
Let's get out of here before one of those things kills Guy.
The criminally underrated Galaxy Quest. The only thing that could possibly make this film better is if the Star Trek spoof was dropped in favor of actually being about Star Trek with the original cast playing caricatures of themselves. The cast we get though is fantastic regardless, even though Tim Allen is among them.
Allen actually does a decent job here as the William Shatner of the group, but he looks better then he actually is thanks to a fantastic supporting cast. Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Enrico Colantoni, Missi Pyle and the list just goes on with everyone being spot on. My favorite being Rockwell as Guy who realizes he's the "red shirt" of the group and is constantly paranoid that he's about to be killed.
My favorite unofficial Star Trek film.
This movie is one of my favorites so a warning should be given. Gushing is going to begin....now!
This movie has a brilliant cast. I'm not going to name all of them, but they're all fantastic. I will mention that this is the movie that brought both Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell and Justin Long to my attention. I also want to say that we all know Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver are great actors, but this movie reminds me of how funny they are too, and how I wish they did more comedy. Finally, a defense of Tim Allen. He's easy to pick on, as he tends to make sitcoms that appeal to the lowest common denominator and his movie…
It's amazing what a little heart will get you.
Not just a spoof of Star Trek, "Galaxy Quest" is a biting, hilarious comedy about self-absorbed actors who find themselves on a real mission in space. It's silly, but also very big-hearted and smartly crafted.
The cast is sublime; Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Daryl "Chill" Mitchell, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell and Alan Rickman each bring gravitas to what could have been a throwaway movie about Trekkies.
A surprise and a delight.
IS THERE AIR!?!? YOU DON'T KNOW!!!
Fake it til you make it.
A good rule of thumb is to let Sam Rockwell do whatever the hell he wants.
It would be one thing if this was simply a mock-up of the Star Trek fan universe, but it adds in a solid story about having your identity shaped by your community. Lots of funny moments and great characters allow this movie to be fun, whacky, and still endearing. Is it possible to still be holding out hope for a sequel?
so good, gold standard of parodies
By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Worvan, this movie is amazing
To quote J.J. Abrams from his 2009 Star Trek blu-ray commentary, "[Galaxy Quest] is the greatest Star Trek movie ever made."
I love this movie. Plain and simple.
Under most circumstances, Galaxy Quest would net have been a good movie. This could have been spoof is instead great satire that holds what it is satirizing in high regards, and it just works.
Man, I love this movie. It's a top notch cast given room to play. The film makers' affection for the material and people being parodied allows them to target the humor for best effect without undermining the humor by being mean-spirited. It's a movie with a lot of heart and a strong story arc of growth and redemption which comes through characters learning to accept - and even love - themselves and their contributions to the world.
It's damn near miraculous to have a film from 1999 make fun of films released over ten years later. Galaxy Quest does that and then some.
The story is not even all that special, about the cast of a cult television scifi show that now spends their time doing conventions and mall openings. A friendly alien race mistakes the show footage for news and enlists the crew for a mission in outer space. A fun premise, sure, but one that could've easily failed on just about every level.
The film stars Tim Allen in his best onscreen role - by far - and he is surrounded by a crazy cool cast including scifi veteran Sigourney Weaver, British class act Alan…
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Each week I'll post a new letter and all you have to do is nominate a film that you think…