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GALAXY QUEST is a satirical comedy that pokes fun at the influence science fiction shows such as STAR TREK have had on their audience. The cast member...

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published 12/05/2001 | loulou6
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"or should that be Galaxy Trek..."

Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen) and his fellow crewmembers are well aware of how far fans of cult sci-fi TV will go to worship their favourites, as they’ve spent nearly two decades living off the fanaticism of followers of their long-since cancelled television show Galaxy Quest. Little did they know that their viewers extended beyond our solar system and to a race of beings that are in need of help.

These innocent aliens are at war with a nasty race who looks like a cross between an insect and a lobster. They come for help because they believe only Commander Peter Quincy Taggart (Nesmith’s television character) and his crew can save them. Whisked away from a Galaxy Quest fan convention, the six actors find themselves in the midst of a real space war, paralleling their television experiences of years before.

This is the kind of film that usually sounds much better than it actually turns out on film. The concept – sending up the sci-fi subculture by making the fantasy reality – sounds really funny, but the execution stood a real risk of being so over the top that it would quickly degenerate into a series of unfunny gags.

Thankfully, this doesn’t happen in Galaxy Quest, partly because director Dean Parisot is willing to go more than ten seconds between gags. While this reduces the number of laughs, it substitutes quantity for quality.

Most of the humour comes from the caricatures of familiar characters and Hollywood personalities. Tim Allen plays a William Shatner/ Captain Kirk character reasonably effectively, although the self-important Hollywood ‘personality’ he plays seems a lot more like Tim Allen than William Shatner. Whether Allen realises it or not, the joke is on him as much as those he’s lampooning. It’s kind of nice to see a big star willing to make fun of big stars.

The rest of the cast has a great time with their characters, especially Alan Rickman (looking as yummy as ever) as the cynical actor who plays a Spock-like character and Tony Shalhoub who shows excellent comedic timing as the not-so-sure of himself actor playing the ship’s engineer. Unfortunately, Sigourney Weaver has much less to do as a blonde wig-clad space bimbo. The film would have been better if her character was more substantial.

Galaxy Quest is a satire that more than occasionally indulges itself in the stuff it’s making fun of. We laugh along with the cast at the silly depictions of aliens, only to see a romantic sub-plot unfold that is straight out of Star Trek. It’s corny and silly, but that’s okay. This isn’t exactly a cutting attack on sci-fi television; it’s more of a loving jibe.

The jokes, although widely spaced, are good, and the special effects are impressive. Watch this movie and brighten up your day - definitely one of the best comedies I've seen in a long while - go buy, watch, enjoy.

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  • BNibbles published 12/05/2001
    I agree, it would have been easy to slip into a non-stop spoof mode (how about Naked Gun 98 - The Final Frontier? - no, don't even suggest it!). I must admit that Sigourney Weaver's actual role in the movie mirrored her character's role of just repeating whatever the computer said, which is a pity.
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GALAXY QUEST is a satirical comedy that pokes fun at the influence science fiction shows such as STAR TREK have had on their audience. The cast members of the cult sci-fi television series GALAXY QUEST now earn their livings appearing at conventions and grand openings, led by their bomastic captain Jason Nesmith, played by Tim Allen. When an alien race--the Thermians--arrives on earth, it appears that they have mistakenly appropriated the show's culture as their own, thinking the series was actual fact. Desperate for help in battling the evil General Sarris, they bring the actors with them into space to save their planet. A surprisingly smart and funny send-up of the science-fiction culture and the influence television has on the world at large, GALAXY QUEST is a comedy that even non-genre fans can enjoy, with terrific turns by Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Tony Shalhoub.

Release Details

DVD Region: DVD

Studio(s): PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT; TECHNICOLOR DISTRIBUTION SERVICES, DREAMWORKS HOME ENTERTAINMENT; UNIVERSAL MUSIC OPERATIONS

Release date: 19/06/2006, 26/03/2001

No of Discs: 1

Catalogue No: DSL 1297, 490 913 9

Composer: David Newman

Costume Designer: Albert Wolsky

Director of Photography: Jerzy Zielinski

Editor: Don Zimmerman

Executive Producer: Charles J. Newirth

Producer: Mark Johnson, Charles J. Newirth, Suzann Ellis

Production Designer: Linda DeScenna

Author: David Newman

Barcode: 5051188129736, 0678149091397

Screenwriter: Robert Gordon, David Newman, David Howard

Languages

Main Language: English

Dubbed Language: German

Subtitle Language: Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish, English, Danish, Swedish

Hearing Impaired Language: English

Technical Information

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

Dubbing Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English German

Special Features: On Location In Space, Cutting Room Floor, Theatrical Trailer

Professional Reviews

Review: "...This tightly scripted, lightning-paced laffer delightfully pulls all the elements together and builds to a giddy and gleeful climax..." (Box Office, p.57, 01/02/2000)<br><br>"...The expert cast is more than game. Extra points to [Rickman and Weaver]..." -- 3 out of 5 stars (Premiere, pp.100-1, 01/06/2000)<br><br>"...Genuinely imaginative special effects which manage to recognisably in the spirit of the cheesy originals..." (USA Today, p.48-9, 01/05/2000)<br><br>"...Mischievously clever..." (Variety, pp.57-62, 20/12/1999)<br><br>

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