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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 11/08/2009 | LaceyR26
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"It's out of this world"

This is one of my all time favourite comedy films, not mentioning the fact that it also has a couple of my favourite actors, Tim Allen and Alan Rickman. It is a Science Fiction/ comedy family film released in 1999 and I think it's meant to be a bit of a spoof on 'Star Trek'.The plot is like a 'film within a film'. I'll keep this review as short, simple and detailed as possible for you. The gist is:
  • There are 7 actors that presented a series of shows on board a space ship and evoked in various adventures battling aliens and stuff, a bit like star trek. The mission in the episodes is to retrieve a special device called the 'Omega 13'. Because the series was never properly completed, no one knows what it does, but it's a powerful device.
  • The series only lasted a couple of seasons; the actors retired for 17 years and returned for a couple of special shows.
  • Some real aliens (called 'Thermians' - a peaceful race) see the show on their tv screen aboard their spaceship (yeah - don't ask) and they think that the show is actually real and that these actors really can fly spaceships and fight evil. They don't understand 'acting' or as this film calls 'lying'. There's a horrid moment when the commander has to admit that they 'pretended' to be space heroes in the series. The aliens are heartbroken.
  • The aliens locate the 'commander' in the series (played by Tim Allen) and get him aboard their ship. They want him and his 'crew' to fight an evil alien (called 'Sarris') and his army who are after the 'Omega 3' device to take over the planet. It's a genicidal battle between him and the 'Thermians' race.
  • When the 'comander' realises that this is all real, he feel obliged to help them. He calls on his crew members for support but they think he's barmy. They aren't interested in re-launching their careers and are bored with the show. However, when they to are transported to the ship and see it for themselves they agree to help. It's vital that everyone adopts their acting roles and works as a team in order to conquer the enemy.
  • The rest of the episode see's them 'attempt' to fly a spaceship which has been built EXACTLY like the prop in the show; fly onto an unknown planet to retrieve a power source for the ship with carnivores creatures and rock monsters and of course, retrace the mysterious 'Omega 3' device before Saris.

The 'peaceful' aliens in this are so funny. They have turned themselves to look like human; very pale, white faces and sleek shiny black hair and wear shiny all in one suits like the actors in the show. You could say they are like 'obsessed fans' of the show. In true form, they look like Octopuses. They have the most bemused expressions, quirky way of talking and laughing and very forced movement, as if they have been told how to walk (i.e. They lift each leg really high in the air or movement). They are like a bunch of little kids.The 'crew'

*The Commander/ (called Jason Nesmith in the film) - Played by Tim Allen. He's the enthustic member of the crew who loves being in charge, embracing his role and all the famely attention. However, he starts to doubt himself when he overhears some 'fans' taking the mic out of him.
He loves one of his female companions, both in the show and in real life, but she appears uninterested in real life which is humorous. He's sort of a goofy heroic figure who leads his crew through the battle and proves himself to his team.

*Lazarus/ Alexander - This is my favourite character, probably because Alan Rickman plays him so well. He's supposed to be a 'Human Alien' because he wears a cap over his head to look like a brain. We never actually see him with it off! He oozes witty sarcasm and seems the most serious character though we do find that he has a sensitive side when one of his best alien friends is killed.

*Tawney Maidison/Gwen - this is the female companion (played by Sigourney Weaver) that the commander fancies. She has quite an unimportant role really, simply repeating the the commander what the space ship computer says. She herself dislikes the pointlessness of her role which is quite funny really.

*Sergeant Chen/ Fred - played by Tony Shalhoub (the guy who has all the clay faces in Spy Kids). He's the engine operator. In the film, he's a bit of a charmer and quite brave and heroic. We don't see loads of him but he's definitely a team member. He ends up getting off with one of the female aliens!

*Laredo/ Tommy - This is a young black man who drives the spaceship. He's a comical figure with some witty lines. He has a huge responsibility when it comes to helping the aliens because he has to actually drive a spaceship he has never really driven! He's funny to watch as he crashes into everything and the aliens just seem to smile, rather confused.

*Roc/ Guy - this character is really annoying. In the series, he has virtually no role at all which makes he very sensitive. Throughout the film, he proves himself to be a coward and wimp. I think this is meant to be humorous but I just found it irritating.

The team have to call on some obsessed teenager who loves the shows in order to find out how to get to the 'omega 3 device.' The kid has to talk to them through a walky talky device whilst watching the final episode of the series and passing instructions on.

Overall, this film is really well thought out with witty one liners (of several liners!); great casting, fantastic quirky acting and memorable characters. It's definitely a family film and a fantastic comedy with a happy ending for the aliens!


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  • Amy69 published 12/08/2009
    The peaceful aliens do sound like they look exactly like Michael Jackson...xx
  • coco_pixie published 11/08/2009
    great review =]
  • chesestix published 11/08/2009
    Wow i love the way its in bullet points it is so much more easier to read. This DVD sounds great I'd like to watch it! Very helpful x
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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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