Star Trek: The Motion Picture Reviews
For me it hit a nice middle ground...I enjoyed it. The slow scenes, particularly at the beginning, almost seemed to be a way for director Robert Wise to slowly welcome audiences back to this franchise that had gone away for 10 years and to show off what he could do with a movie budget that could never happen on that show. The visuals are definitely something special in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The models are amazing and feel as good or better than any created through CGI in the later films. I was wowed by all the visuals and loved how the score added to it.
The story is fairly simple, but it works in a Star Trek setting. I was fascinated by the mystery of what Vger was doing and why it was doing these things. I kept trying to guess how they would resolve the story. The film even had a twist I didn't see coming, which is a big shock that I haven't had the ending spoiled for a 40-year-old franchise movie. It is a bit too long and slow, which makes it one I don't think I'll rewatch all that often. I also thought many of the characters didn?t have much to do in the movie. It's great to bring back that familiar cast (I even tolerated them awkwardly bringing Spock out of nowhere) but I wanted each person to have a purpose. Still it's a solid movie, and apparently I'm able to forgive some flaws when it's in a franchise I like.