To Be Takei 2014

To Be Takei

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To Be Takei rests almost entirely on its subject's inherent likability -- and, for the most part, that's more than enough.

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Together with his husband Brad, actor-activist George Takei parlays his remarkable acting career and wicked sense of humor into a new role as beloved pop-culture icon and Internet phenomenon.

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  • Nov 19, 2015
    An entertaining and playful documentary about the actor/activist. The charming Takei is shamelessly willing to engage in this type of self-promotion even though as nearly the youngest (behind Koenig) of the original cast of Star Trek he is hardly reaching the end of his career. We get the inside scoop about his childhood and his relationship with husband Brad. We observe his current life of fan convention appearances and being a social media sensation. We learn how his Broadway show Allegiance originated. And we teasingly gather that there is a bit of antagonism between George and William Shatner.
    Byron B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2015
    A well done documentary with all the humor, candidness and dignity you'd expect from Takei himself. Great access to the man and those who know him.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2014
    This is the best representation in documentary filmmaking that could have come from the life and times of George Takei. The film never undermines its subject, though at times it may poke fun at the often petty fighting between George and his husband, Brad. Otherwise this is a favorably interesting film about all that George has accomplished: he proved to be a reverential and influential Asian American actor on prime time television, a detractor and survivor of internment camps in the forties, and a defender of and activist for gay marriage. The found footage is amazing, Takei's work is great to see all these years later, and the footage for the documentary itself is very telling. Brad and George are the kookiest and cutest older couple that I've seen in a documentary in some time, and their interplay lightens a lot of the film. The one thing I found annoying was; that overly childish score that followed them around like this was an episode of a Bravo reality show. Otherwise, there's a lot of heart and poignancy in this film that may even make you tear up.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2014
    A fascinating look at a fascinating man. Takei is a true American original with an interesting story growing up gay and closeted and being subjected to the Japanese internment camps.
    John B Super Reviewer

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