Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – in 70mm at the Prince Charles Cinema

Five out of five stars.

And so Bazza, Geekettebee and their friend Nathan headed to Leicester Square to watch the greatest Trek movie in 70mm in celebration of Trek’s 50th anniversary.

A slightly pinkish print did nothing to diminish the power of this wonderful film. Nor my relationship with it.

Is it over 30 years ago that I managed to drag my old school chums to see this? You see we were all scarred by the Motionless Picture and honestly it took a lot of persuasion to get them back into the cinema.

“This is more like it ” wrote New York critic Pauline Kael at the time and we all felt the same way

And more so. For not only is Khan a great Star Trek movie. It’s just a great movie.

As a piece of entertainment, Star Trek II always shines. There’s no fat; pure blockbuster thrills and spills. You think that’s easy. Well go see most of the shoddy excuses this Summer!

The performances! Ricardo Montalban is an extraordinary villain. He delivers his lines like Shakespeare, burning up the screen. Magnificent. And then there’s the regular cast. Shatner has never been better alongside Nimoy and Kelley -bringing with them all the weight of their experience in their roles.

James Horner’s musical score is a classic; thrilling and emotional – whilst deftly acknowledging Alexander Courage’s original television theme.

But it’s Nicholas Meyer to whom we are really indebted. Above all it’s his extraordinary script which lifts this movie beyond the Final Frontier. Any movie which kills a character as loved as Spock has the opportunity to create a unique emotional reaction. As  a fan, I felt I knew these people and hence I grieved  – and still do – during the final sequences.

But thematically Meyer’s script captures so much that this reviewer genuinely connects to.  The relationships of fathers to sons, the acceptance of growing old and at the same time still being true to yourself, the  value of self-sacrifice and most significant of all, the importance of great friendships.
And Star Trek II  covers these themes through literary references, brilliant dialogue and the unique relationship that you have with a geeky sci-fi tv  show, which you grew up with.

God, I love this film. It’s in my blood  and most important of all in my heart. If someone has to ask why I am so passionate about the Wrath of Khan, then maybe they just don’t know me at all. The answer is there on the screen. And in this case in 70mm.

“I have been and always shall be your friend” says Spock. Never better words said.



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