Friday, December 26, 2014

Movie Review: Galaxy Quest (1999)

Galaxy Quest (1999) - USA - Rated PG
Directed by Dean Parisot
Stars Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, Enrico Colantoni

A comedic romp excels to the stars in a fun and funny send-up of Star Trek.

The Galaxy Quest TV show had been canceled many years ago leaving a troupe of out of work actors to make a living off their former fame by guesting at conventions and doing commercials in full garb as their former TV characters. To add to their frustrations, the former lead star of the show is a ham who loves and gets attention, especially from the troupe itself as he can never show up on time. Yet another opportunity to use their skills as actors presents itself, or so they think. This troupe of actors find themselves in the role of a lifetime actually saving the day as their former TV selves, but in real space combat on an inter-galactic scale.

The concept of Galaxy Quest is brilliant. How many times has one wondered what would happen if a pop TV actor was put in a real situation and not have a script to rely upon? Well this troupe of actors finds themselves in just that situation, and they handle it with comedy, gusto, bravado, and certainly some humilty and self-discovery as they find out who they really are to themselves and to others as icons. With a great cast and wonderful special effects, along with a story that does not take time-out but keeps the comedy and action moving from one scene to the next, Galaxy Quest is a solid hit and a lot of fun.

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