GALAXY QUEST (1999)
||Tim Allen, Alan
Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell,
Daryl Mitchell, Enrico Colantoni, Robin Sachs
||Suzanne Ellis, Sona
||David Howard, Robert
Category: Science Fiction/Comedy
Plot: It's convention time for the crew of Galaxy Quest, a
science fiction TV show canceled nearly 20 years ago. Unfortunately,
the show typecast the actors and the only one who seems to still
enjoy the tired role is Jason Nesmith, the former Commander Peter
Taggart (Tim Allen). For Gwen De Marco (Sigourney Weaver) and
Alexander Dane (Alan Rickman), guest appearances and adverts seem
to be the only way to pay the bills. However, at this convention,
Nesmith is approached by some Thermians, real aliens from the
Klatu Nebula who have mistaken Galaxy Quest for 'historical documents.'
The Thermians need the impressive ability of the Galaxy Quest
crew to defeat their foe, Sarris, who is keen to commit genocide.
Comment: This movie should be elevated up onto the tallest
pedestal imaginable and held there for all the movie world to
see just exactly how a spoof is done! Galaxy Quest is a
marvelous gem of a film with a superb, hilarious script, an excellent
cast and special effects which match any other science fiction
film out there. While poking gentle fun at the SF series like
Star Trek that many people have grown up with, it is still faithful
and respectful to the formula and never puts seeks to destroy
any mythology that has grown up around such shows.
Laughs abound and yet at the same time, there is a sense of tragedy
and hopelessness of wasted lives as you are drawn to empathizing
with the typecast stars. And yet, some of the funniest scenes
in the movie - which can thankfully never be conveyed in movie
shorts - are just a part of the script (read: visual).
Very early on, the nature of the characters are established.
No fault can be found with any of the cast as they deliver their
lines with humor, sensitivity and real feeling. Tim Allen is delightful
as the 'James Kirkish' egomaniacal commander who is still caught
up in the adulation of fans for his role as the leader. Sigourney
Weaver plays the total opposite to her previous SF roles, and
prances around in a tight costume which disintegrates in direct
proportion to the success of the mission. Alan Rickman is delightful
and hilarious as the morose classic actor who bemoans his lost
career after becoming typecast as the Doctor Lazarus. Tony Shalhoub
is marvelous playing the deadpan engineer who is not the least
bit fazed by what life deals him as his co-stars disintegrate
in angst. Daryl Mitchell plays the grown child-brat, and Sam Rockwell
plays Guy (no last name) who was an extra crew member who got
killed before the first commercial break in episode 81 in the
first run of Galaxy Quest...
It doesn't matter if you don't like science fiction, you should
still make an effort to see this film. An entire generation has
grown up watching Star Trek and similar shows so noone can be
unfamiliar with the subject matter (right???). Alan Rickman, at
an interview on the fandom
website who has never been a great fan of sci-fi, thought the
script was brilliant and rare to find a comedy script to good.
If a non-sf fan can find this film incredibly funny, so can you!