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Galaxy Quest (2000)
Director: Dean Parisot
review by Octavio Ramos Jr
A gentle but effective parody of science fiction television, notably Star Trek and its pop-icon culture, Galaxy Quest is a fun film to watch as a lampoon but also as a comedic story laced with exciting special effects. Just like Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, Galaxy Quest is perfect blend of homage and caricature. The film succeeds because it is not heavy-handed like films such as Spaceballs (also by Brooks).
Galaxy Quest follows the exploits of Commander Taggart (Tim Allen) and his crew of the NSEA Protector. The once mighty show, 'Galaxy Quest', has gone into syndication and its stars now spend most of their time reliving past glory and missed opportunities, participating in fan conventions, and doing promotions for local business owners.
It is as one of the conventions that the actors meet the Thermians, a peaceful race on the verge of annihilation. The actors rise to the challenge, thinking at first the request for help is but another gig, but soon the crew find themselves in a real war with real aliens, and advanced technology based on the television show.
Director Dean Parisot (who worked on the TV show Get A Life before making films like Home Fries) creates a world that is funny but never condescending. Even if you do not pick up on the many in-jokes found in the film, you will enjoy the comedic turns given by Tim Allen (a blend of Captain Kirk and Picard), Sigourney Weaver (far away from Ellen Ripley), and Alan Rickman (Spock). You also will enjoy the excellent special effects supervised my master monster maker Stan Winston (Pumpkinhead, The Terminator, Predator, and so on).
previously published online, VideoVista #21
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