#7: GALAXY QUEST (January 23rd)
I suppose you all think I should start getting nostalgic here, but this was my first time seeing Galaxy Quest - an apparent egregious error on my part since this seems like some key piece of all of my friends’ childhoods. One of my compadres Zach has been making all these vague references to this “favorite movie when he was a kid”, so during a incredibly lazy movie marathon day on January 23rd where I curled up in a fuzzy Avengers blanket and equally plush pajamas, I regressed and went back to filled in this missing part of my adolescence.
A parody on nearly every level of a sci-fi television series or a fan base, Galaxy Quest follows the cast of a once popular eponymous Star Trek-esque space-melodrama through the most reluctant adventure they’ve ever had together. The gaggle of actors playing characters pretending to be heroes find themselves quickly in over their heads when it becomes their duty to protect a real race of aliens from the genocidal, reptilian warlord Sarris. Do I sound like I’m summarizing some kind of Buzz Lightyear backstory to you? Because that’s what it sounds like to me. Emperor Zurg!
While the concept seems so silly and childish, Galaxy Quest really surprised me by being genuinely funny and great parody of popular sci-fi dramas like Star Trek and their devoted armies of Trekkies while always maintaining an air of respect for the genre. Headed by Tim Allen, this ensemble cast of characters including Sigourney Weaver, Daryl Mitchell, Tony Shalhoub, and a baby Justin Long creates both hilariously comic moment, but even some touching scenes. We all got a little farklempt. However, Alan Rickman and Sam Rockwell really steal the show as the trained Shakespearian actor and the incurably nervous “red-shitrt”, respectively. Check it out and let’s talk about if the red-shirts really have a last name.
“Hey! Don’t open that! It’s an alien planet! Is there air? You don’t know!” - Guy Fleegman.
★★★★ / By Grabthar’s Hammer…four savings outta five!