Sunday, March 20, 2016

Galaxy Quest

Movie Name: Galaxy Quest
Year of Release: 1999
Director: Dean Parisot
Stars: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, Enrico Colantoni, Robin Sachs, Patrick Breen, Missi Pyle, Jed Rees, Justin Long, Jeremy Howard
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7
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Synopsis & Review:
Following his feature debut, the little seen "Home Fries" (featuring Drew Barrymore), director Dean Parisot came back with "Galaxy Quest", one of his most well reviewed films so far (and very successful in terms of audience also). The film follows a group of actors who used to be in a successful sci-fi TV show by the name of "Galaxy Quest", who has been cancelled for many years, but still has a cult following at conventions. The lead cast are somewhat at odds with each other, so when a strange group of individuals approaches Jason Nesmith, who played the captain on the show, requesting for help in dealing with an inter-galactic enemy, no one believes a single word of what he's saying. When the story turns out to be true, the team finds themselves in deep space battling a ruthless enemy in a ship that is a complete copy of what their show was about.
"Galaxy Quest" is a film that successfully manages to be extremely funny, adventuresome and simultaneously referential to the iconic TV show, "Star Trek". The plot smartly pokes fun at their adventures, at the silliness of what took place on each episode, while simultaneously giving more depth to the actors who were playing the characters on the cancelled show. The cast itself is uniformly great, with Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman and Sam Rockwell creating unforgettable characters (characters who also poke fun at some of their most iconic screen roles). A very good comedy worth watching.