Fathom Events will present Star Trek: The Motion Picture | Cinema/Television

Considered by conventional wisdom to be mind-numbing and pretentious, especially when compared to its more militaristic sequel, 1979’s Star Trek: The Movie has always been abnormal in the world of mainstream science fiction.

In terms of ambition, the only possible point of comparison is 2001: A Space Odyssey. And while Robert Wise’s take on the material that Gene Roddenberry and Gene Coon helped shape over three years on NBC — and which fans kept alive and nurtured for the decade that followed — can only be said. prevent from falling short. 2001visionary heights, it’s still the only work of science fiction to aim so high. Visually stunning on a scale even today’s blockbusters would balk at, this new restoration of Wise’s 1999 director’s edition finally takes that work into the realm of high definition. But what makes this visualization essential is a new color grading that somehow feels more true to its own vision; like the Director’s Edition itself, it does not replace the original theatrical version, but simply offers a different perspective on the material that captivates on different levels.

Set five years after the conclusion of the original hikinghis mission, Star Trek: The Movie now finds Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner, midway on the Shatner! Continuum) replenishing the crew after a massive cloud of uncertain origins begins to model everything that crosses its path. Be close enough to star wars to get big studio dollars but not enough to rip off its narrative structure (that wouldn’t really happen until 2009’s JJ Abrams version), it’s the pinnacle of 70s sci-fi, and it’s glorious. To rewatch this film is to see all sorts of possibilities yet to be explored, from the mysterious Deltans (subsumed in continuity by their community college counterparts, the Betazoids) to the origins of the homing cloud to exactly how this film initially earned a G rating despite cinema’s most upsetting tech malfunction so far. But more than that, watching this film in a theater, with this transcendent score by Jerry Goldsmith, is a magical experience. The presence of confessed sex offender Stephen Collins is a speed bump that derails the spell cast, and you have to trust your instincts accordingly. But Star Trek: The Movie is a stone classic, best experienced on a large scale.

Catch screenings Sunday through Wednesday at Regal venues. Details are on fathomevents.com.

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