Galaxy Quest


galaxyquestA group of actors, who once starred on a Star Trek-type TV show, are contacted by real aliens who thought they were watching a documentary and now need the “space travelers’” help against a powerful enemy. A great idea for a movie is at the center of this affectionate spoof, which examines what the “reality” behind a cult phenomenon like Star Trek can look like, disillusioned actors, obsessive fans and all. Tim Allen is fun as the William Shatner type, Alan Rickman excellent as the sarcastic “Spock” character, and having Sigourney Weaver play against type as an ample blonde is also enjoyable. The quality of the special effects makes the movie more than just funny, almost thrilling.

1999-U.S. 104 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Mark Johnson, Charles Newirth. Directed by Dean Parisot. Screenplay: David Howard, Robert Gordon. Visual Effects/Makeup: Stan Winston. Cast: Tim Allen (Jason Nesmith), Sigourney Weaver (Gwen DeMarco), Alan Rickman (Alexander Dane), Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell… Justin Long, Rainn Wilson.

Last word: “Dean’s a wonderful director and a lovely guy to work with. He said to me at the beginning of the film, ‘This is like ‘The Wizard of Oz’. Each of these people lacks something important, and they can only get it by sticking with each other and going through this adventure.’ And I think he told that to all of us. I hope that what works in the movie is the heart of the movie.” (Weaver, Amazon)

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