Chris Allen’s review published on Letterboxd:
Hung out with some old friends tonight. They talked a lot about growing old, friendship, and death. It was fantastic.
Imagine my surprise to find out while watching this film, one of my favorite of my youth, now represents subjects that are becoming more prevalent in my life today. I’m now OLDER than Admiral Kirk and his issues with his usefulness and age really struck a nerve!
Anyway, it was a lot more meaningful, a lot more emotional today than it was back as a 15 year old, and I used to tear up about it back then! The themes of life and death are so perfectly strung throughout this film that I am in awe of the craftsmanship of the script. It follows up on every thread of these themes throughout the film and it leads to one of the most memorable finales ever.
“I have been and always shall be, your friend.” This film is perfect.