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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 17/11/2001 | dave27
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"Spoof Trek"

Never give up, never surrender…

Sigourney Weaver ...Tim Allen...Alan Rickman...boldly going where no one fears to tread...truly scrumptious, the funniest space comedy of all time...well, better than Mel Brooks' Spaceballs, anyway (but that wasn't exactly hard, now was it?) Let's not play it down, however, cos Galaxy Quest is just a brilliant, brilliant movie and one of the most enjoyable films of the last five years or so, quite simply wonderful.

It's got really good press wherever I've read about it and lives up to all the hype for once.

The film centres around a sub Star Trek type cult TV show which has inspired the same sort of Trekkie anoraks you get in real life, but in this case you go behind the scenes and see the petty personal politics going on between the various cast members who bitch and moan about everything, but especially Tim Allen as the space ship's commander, Taggart, whom the fans love nearly as much as he does himself.

The original series ran for four years before being pulled and just like William Shatner, the cast are still making a living out of leaping into their space duds 25 years later, well beam me up Scotty.

The film opens at a fans' convention with a photo signing session, but then some real life aliens turn up looking for assistance. They've been watching the episodes of the show and are under the impression that they're historical documents. They've built an entire space station and a ship based on what they've seen on the shows and they're looking to Taggart to save them from destruction at the hands of some pretty repulsive large green bogeymen.

Taggart persuades his colleagues to join him in the adventure of a lifetime as they set off to save their new found friends from a fate worse than death.

It's a lovingly put together, wonderfully observed spoof on the Star Trek theme and these guys have got all the cliches down pat in an epic which doubles up as high comedy and exciting adventure drama, and you even get Sigourney's breasts as larger than life characters of their own as the Triumph bra leaps to the surface and sends them boldly going where no tits have gone before...

I was smiling insanely and inanely through the whole thing when I first saw it and there are so many wonderful bits in there ... Allen has never been better and plays the fake hero to perfection (dig him holding the pig lizard at bay and running from the rock monster). However, it's Sigourney and Rickman who really take the honours, especially the supremely conceited and supercilious Rickman, who spoofs LEO-NARD NIM-OY the Shakespearean ACK-TORR who despises Tim Allen. He wears his finny head gear like he was born to it and is just riproaring throughout, just as he was as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves - can't wait to check him out in Harry Potter as Professor Snape. Rickman is so splendidly horrible in everything he does, one of the greatest geniuses of his age.

As a whole, this is wonderful, funny, exciting stuff, and quite simply a must see epic, long awaited for its debut on Sky Premier. It operates effortlessly at all levels and is well worth checking out when you've got a mo. You certainly won't regret a minute.

PS Sexist comment of the week - keep an eye out for Sigourney and that amazing bra...can't wait for the sequel with them taking a star part of their own...

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  • albertas published 20/02/2004
    Very good review about a very funny film. cu albertas
  • djohan published 18/11/2001
    Based on this review, I'd say it must be a very entertaining film. -dj.
  • Chris_Padden published 18/11/2001
    This is a great film, and a very good review of it! I was a bit doubtful at first, but found it very funny throughout. Chris
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Manufacturer's product description

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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