When the 2009 JJ Abrams’ Star Trek reboot movie came out, I watched it with some trepidation. It was no secret that the idea was to reinvent the wheel. Something we are all taught is an utter waste of time. Especially, when the wheel was so round and nicely roll-able the first time out. Star Trek has a lengthy much loved cannon and it seemed somehow wrong to scratch that and start again. I spent so much time comparing the new to the old during that first viewing that I was a bit exhausted. In the end, I grudgingly admitted that it was an okay movie.
Last night I rented the movie and watched it with my son who’d never seen it. He is more of a Star Wars fan and had only seen one of the previous movies. Had only ever watched one season of Star Trek… Voyager (cringe-not the best possible representation). I went into this second viewing just expecting to be mildly entertained. I approached it a lot like watching any Star Trek episode. I let go of the whole comparison thing and just accepted that these were the characters as they are in the film’s moment of time-full of potential but not yet what I remembered them to be. It was fantastic. I laughed, I cheered, I suffered, I laughed some more. Maybe it was just my longing for a space ship centric TV series to be back on the air, but I think not. Expectations can make all the difference. This time I got more than I expected.
Have you seen it? What where your impressions? Have you ever had your own expectations sabotage a movie?