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Galaxy Quest (DVD)

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 19/09/2001 | Defiler
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Pro Funny, Interesting characters, Generally good acting
Cons While funny there are a few moments in the film that just didn't seem to be as funny as they were meant to be
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"Never give up. Never surrender"

When I first saw this film advertised I thought it would either be fairly good or terrible, after reading lots of positive opinions on it on dooyoo and a variety of other places (including this site) I decided it was at least worth a try watching and I'm glad I did.

--The Story--
A group of actors from a TV series called Galaxy Quest have just about faded into nothing, instead of acting in a popular TV series they only find work by going to signing conventions or opening new buildings. When a group of aliens called Thermians enlist their help beliving that the TV series was in fact historical documents and feel the crew can help save their race from extinction they find themselves having to actually play their parts from the TV show for real.

--Don't Think Too Much--
From just about every way of looking at this film you just can't take it too seriously, there are just too many things that if thought about make no sense (there are with most movies but especially so here). For a start both races seem to only have 1 ship, everyone works out how to use controls they've only ever pretended to use before quickly and various other things mean that though the film is fun to watch you just can't think about it too much.

Most of the humour comes from making fun of science-fiction shows, you get things such as an actor who played a character that died within the first 5 minutes of the show before and is constantly paranoid that they are going to die, another who's only real role as a member of the ship is to repeat orders to the computer and then repeat what the computer has already said back to everyone and various other things like this and a variety of other things such as cute-looking aliens that aren't cute at all. You don't need to be a fan of science-fiction shows to understand the humour as it all seems really obvious things, being a fan of science-fiction does help though in ways as it seemed to make some of the jokes funnier than they might otherwise have been.

While I found much of the humour funny I personally felt that there weren't many laugh-out-loud moments in this film and most of the jokes tended to just make me laugh a little, this isn't a bad thing as such as there is still a lot of humour in the film.

Generally all the characters seem to get on reasonably well together although feel that their "Commander" has tried to take most of the glory from the show for himself and as such for the start of the film feel a bit bitter towards him.

Tim Allen plays Jason Nesmith who plays Commander Peter Quincy in the TV series (confusing at times having an actor playing an actor :) who seems perfectly happy to go to signing tours and please his fans, being the star of the show he has become less ignored than most of the rest of the cast and despite not seeming to have done anything else since the show ended seems happy to do what he does. After one convention however he suddenly realises that many people aren't taking him seriously any more, while he thought most people admired him he now realises that many people just laugh at him due to him trying to relive his days of glory playing the Commander. Due to this he adapts much quicker than everyone else to his new role on board the real ship and feels happy to try and play his part for real. His acting during the film always seemed fairly good but I did personally get annoyed at it at times, in places I just didn't feel it felt "real" somehow.

Sigourney Weaver plays Lt. Tawny Madison who's only real role as part of the ship was to look good and repeat what the computer said, her acting was good and not comparable in the slightest to many of her previous roles in films.

Alan Rickman plays Dr. Lazarus and I felt was the best acted character in this film. His character was depressed at his lack of fame, feeling he should be doing Shakespear instead of just signing autographs for an old TV show, as such he dreads conventions and takes a lot of persuading to even go on stage. Due to this he doesn't take well to playing his role in the show for real and finds it harder to adapt than many of the rest of the crew.

There are also a number of other characters, all interesting and amusing, you get a character who appeared on the show as a child and is now fully grown up, a character who only appeared as an extra and now lives in constant dread of being killed for real as he was on the show and a lot of strange-looking aliens.

If you can switch your mind off while watching this is a fun and funny film that is a great way to spend a few hours, I'd recommend it to anyone whether they like science-fiction or not.

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  • biff published 21/09/2001
    a good well structured op , well done !!
  • Mauri published 20/09/2001
    Good op. I saw this film a month ago, I thought it was funny but as you say the potential was there for it to be better.
  • robsgirl published 20/09/2001
    This sounds like one at least worth looking into. Good op, Debi
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Product Information : Galaxy Quest (DVD)

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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


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


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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