Galaxy Quest

Galaxy Quest

Year: 1999
Director: Dean Parisot
Rated: PG
Starring: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, Justin Long
Score: 5/5

Imagine a planet is under attack and has encountered recordings from Earth of Star Trek, a show where the cast always wins against the aliens, and decide that these actors can save their planet.

This is Galaxy Quest.

PLOT

Eighteen years after the show was cancelled, Tim Allen is confronted by a group of aliens named Thermians whilst at a Galaxy Quest convention. The Thermians don’t know that it was just a show and abduct him. He wakes up and believes that he’s on a set of the show as everything is identical, fires on a reptilian humanoid warlord, and asks to leave. On departure he realises that it was real and manages to recruit his old co-stars (Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Daryl Mitchell, and Tony Shalhoub) and Sam Rockwell to help him destroy the lizard-men. The crew agree thinking that it’s just another job. The aliens have built the ship from the show, one that actually does everything that they said, and the actors have to become the characters that they were born to play. Even though these are the same people according to the Thermians.

IS IT ANY GOOD?

It’s a brilliant idea for a film that sounds familiar due to modern television. Shalhoub is amazing, casually accepting everything that is going on without a second though, Rickman is funny as the cynical doctor that hates all of his lines & Rockwell is a class act portraying the new guy that doesn’t fit in. The most amazing thing in the film has to be Weaver’s chest. It must be something to do with space as it has never been bigger and draws your eyes away from all else when she’s on screen.

OVERALL

It’s surprising that this has never had a sequel. The story is amazing and could be taken in any direction. The mixture ofcomedy and comedic awkwardness is perfect, and the action with unexpected twists make Galaxy Quest a must see movie. A great main cast combined with a well-chosen supporting one (Justin Long, Rainn Wilson etc.) delivers a great movie. Once you see it you’ll wonder how you ever missed it.

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