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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 29/09/2004 | hallospacegirl
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Pro Funny and well made science fiction spoof for all occasions, and for lovers of every genre.
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"A funny and exciting romp through space!"

Modern day: It's twenty years after the original "Galaxy Quest" last aired on TV, and now the actors of the Sci Fi show are reduced to signing autographs for sniveling, costume-donning teens at conventions.

But one day, their lives are turned around as Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen), the egotisical actor who played Commander Taggart, gets a visit from some real life aliens! These aliens have recieved broadcasts of "Galaxy Quest" episodes through space, and have interpretted them as actual historical documents detailing the heroic sucesses of a real-life spaceship. Since their homeworld and their race are getting destroyed by evil, green reptilian thugs, the aliens ask Commander Taggart and his crew to command their spaceship in defeating the invaders.

Of course, "Commander Taggart," along with his "crew," are only actors, and now they must bumble ineptly through space, trying to save their alien friends and themselves.



Tim Allen -- Jason Nesmith
Sigourney Weaver -- Gwen DeMarco
Alan Rickman -- Alexander Dane
Tony Shalhoub -- Fred Kwan
Sam Rockwell -- Guy Fleegman
Daryl Mitchell -- Tommy Webber

One of the highlights of this movie is definitely the great ensemble acting. All the talented actors seem like they are embracing their roles, having fun working with each other, and valuing their time onscreen. And their energy shows through to us, the audience.

Just watch the beginning scene when the Galaxy Quest actors are waiting impatiently backstage at the Sci Fi convention for Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen) to show up. Their snappy dialogue and quirky character traits grab your attention right away and lead you through the rest of the movie.

This is one of the rare movies that has a wonderful, upbeat, talented ensemble cast in which every character is equally enjoyable to watch, and no one uncomfortably upstages someone else.

The sets, costumes, and special effects are all top notch! The "earth" scenes offer you all the over-the-top eye candy of Sci Fi conventions, while the space scenes have quality computer generated spaceships and aliens. (Keep in mind though, this is a 1999 movie, and the computer effects aren't as mind-blowing as, say, Lord of the Rings yet.) The aliens and outer space props are purposely over the top, perfectly spoofing the Sci Fi genre.

This movie is a big parody on Star Trek, and if you have watched Star Trek, you be able to understand many of the inside jokes poking fun at the 1960's TV show. (So, Trekkies, if you haven't seen this movie, see it!)

But if you're not a Trekkie, by no means feel left out. I didn't watch Star Trek, and actually had no interest in space Sci Fi movies when I first watched this movie, and it was thoroughly enjoyable just the same.

This is because this movie POKES FUN (good naturedly, of course) at the whole Star Trek show and Sci Fi fans. You'll love the opening scene at the Sci Fi convention, showing the hundreds of rabid fans in their ridiculous costumes and donning their high tech communicators and weaponry (read: plastic toys).

The scenes aboard the actual alien ship are abound with purposely contructed Sci Fi cliches, such as landing on a random planet that just happens to have breathable air, being transported to and from the ship in a Teleporter-like device, and being able to communicate with other aliens (in English!) on the ship's viewing screen. Of course, this movie takes everything one step further and adds disaster and the "Galaxy Quest" actors' many blunders to the mix, creating great comedy as a result.

But the most surprising thing about this movie is that it has HEART. Before I watched it, I thought that this was just another Hollywood Big Budget concoction that simply throws huge special effects and a thinly veiled story in your way, but as it turns out, this thankfully isn't. Every aspect of this movie is committed and genuine, from the acting to the script, to the special effects. The script, while it is not Academy Award caliber, gives plenty of good dialogue, and yes, even thought provoking moments. The acting is very believable and upbeat, which gives an added sparkle to the movie.

Basically, Galaxy Quest is a very well made comedy spoof that doesn't try to be pretentious. And because it doesn't have -- and doesn't try to have -- any of that Hollywood Blockbuster feel, it comes off as an enjoyable, quality flick that Sci Fi fans and just casual moviegoers can watch alike.

An impressive DVD worthy of the film! Sharp image, wonderful surround sound that takes full advantage of your speakers. There aren't any technical problems that I've experienced.

The special features include extended and cut scenes, which are extremely enjoyable to watch! Most of the time, cut scenes on DVDs are tedious and boring (the reason why they are cut) but these scenes must have been cut purely for pacing reasons. They are hilarious, such as the scene where an alien shows Alexander Dane (Rickman) his room... complete with a torture-like bathroom device and a bed of sharp spikes.

There is also a short production feature that gives you a look at the sets, alien creature process, and cast interviews. Not too in depth.

Easter eggs (extra stuff hidden on some DVDs) include additional cast interviews. Go to the actors' bio pages and press the cursors on your remote until you highlight a round button of a film reel.

A funny and ridiculous extra is the Thermian Language Track. You basically can watch the whole movie in the screechy, howly alien language. It's hilarious (if you're as easily amused as I am) but it soon gets old after ten minutes.

Yes, if you haven't seen this movie, give it a try! It's very entertaining, doesn't require too much thinking and analysis, and is appropriate for everyone. I have enjoyed watching this movie a couple of times with my friends, and it makes a great party movie that provides some good conversation afterwards.

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  • Dizzy_Lizzy published 29/09/2004
    I love this movie! Great review! ~Liz
  • MAFARRIMOND published 29/09/2004
    I will have to watch this, it does sound good. Maureen
  • oldgoth published 29/09/2004
    good review. I enjoyed this film, and it so funny even with Actors not taking their roles too serious. The best bits of the film is seeing what films they have nicked ideas from.
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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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