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'm naming my first-born child Guy Fleegman.
(Don't tell my wife.)
"This episode was badly written!"
I've seen Galaxy Quest countless times from when I was 12 to the present day and I still absolutely love it. Whether it genuinely "holds up" or whether I've simply got Nostalgia Goggles for it isn't something I can honestly answer because I'm too caught up in my fondness for it. I recognize it doesn't work for everyone, but it works wonders for me. I know all the jokes by now but they still make me laugh; I know all the conflicts by now but they still make me cry. I've never seen a parody with so much heart, so willing to always take its silly premise seriously and ground itself in real characters. There…
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?
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…
Galaxy Quest tells the story of a group of actors of a science fiction television series who have to play their roles in real life when an alien race needs their help to defeat their grumpy enemy. It's fantastic - and funny - how such a stupid premise works so well in a cleverly written script that pretends to satirize the industry of sci-fi films and television series. Everything works wonderfully in Dean Parisot's film, from the very compelling characters - every single one has its own charm - to the ironic storyline and to the constant jokes that actually make you -genuinely - laugh. The wonderful characters that accompany us in this incomparably entertaining adventure are awesomely brought to…
Does Tim Allen go to Home Improvement conventions?
The first fan convention devoted to the show occurred on 1 March 1969 at the Newark Public Library. Organized by a librarian who was one of the creators of Spockanalia, the "Star Trek Con" did not have celebrity guests but did have "slide shows of 'Trek' aliens, skits and a fan panel to discuss 'The Star Trek Phenomenon.'" Some fans were so devoted that they complained to a Canadian TV station when it cancelled a show in July 1969 for coverage of Apollo 11. (Star Trek fandom, Wikipedia)
No tengo ni idea de si éste fue el punto decisivo en el que las convenciones alrededor de iconos populares empezaron a rodar, pero apuesto a que sí. Lo más interesante de…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
SAW: at home (started on 10/07)
Galaxy Quest is a fun parody that gets into some of the science fiction genre's oldest tropes. I love star trek and I get the references this movie makes about it. Sometimes it works but a lot of the time the jokes fall flat for me.
Galaxy Quest is often really funny and insightful, which makes the moments where it falls short (Sigourney Weaver's character is frustrated that she played a sex symbol with nothing to do, then spends the entire film as a sex symbol with nothing to do) all the more frustrating. Still quite worthwhile.
I've never seen a single episode of Star Trek or any of its films, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't get any better than Galaxy Quest. A hilarious parody where the parody aspects themselves are well-done and in great number, but take a back seat to comedy where necessary. Even the downsides - hammy costumes and effects, thin storyline - work well in parallel to what I hear about the show itself. Tim Allen is a great, smarmy Captain Kirk; the great Alan Rickman a Shakespearean Spock and Justin Long plays a spot-on Vincent van den Ouden. This is one of the funniest space movies I've ever seen.
[English/ Spanish review]
This a heartfelt love letter to Star Trek but particularly to a way to understand Science-Fiction as the celebration of the reckless and heroic side of human spirit. Of course, this is done through caricature and parody, but parody done right. And if you have Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Sam Rockwell and, I have to acknowledge it, a solid Tim Allen on board, you can't hardly miss.
Esta es una sentida carta de amor a Star Trek, pero sobre todo a una manera de entender la ciencia-ficción como la celebración del lado heroico y valiente del espíritu humano. Por supuesto, pasado por el filtro de la caricatura y la parodia, pero la parodia bien hecha. Y si tienes a bordo a Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Sam Rockwell y, tengo que reconocerlo, un sólido Tim Allen, difícilmente puedes fallar.
This was so much damn fun - not sure why this was never a priority for me in the past, but I'm glad I saw it now. I'm still laughing thinking about the way Mathesar laughed with his face & body nearly contorting. I wonder how many takes they must've went through to get that right without everyone cracking up.
Anyone else notice the opening act felt like a complete & welcomed imitation of The Santa Clause set in outer space, with Tim Allen's Jason Nesmith in denial of a make-believe world (TV series Galaxy Quest) confronting him face-to-face in reality? It gave me a nostalgia kick of a 90s movie I never saw until now.
And I also joined everyone else who wanted to take one of those adorable alien creatures home - right before they turned vicious with giant fangs.
Scavenger Hunt 6 Film #6
Task 29: A film featuring a case of mistaken identity!
Galaxy Quest is the Star Trek movie the people deserve. The plot is clever and well cast, which makes this intergalatic comedy a riot. Tim Allen plays the self-centered TV actor from a 70s Sci-Fi show trying to thrive off of Comic-Con fame when a group of aliens approach him thinking he is actually a space commander and ask him and his crew to help save their planet. Alan Rickman plays the classic theatre actor confused and frustrated with his soundings and his monotone comedy is executed perfectly. While I feel the movie was too short and the ending was a little unsatisfactory, I'd…
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