Galaxy Quest Movie Review
Home Improvement is cancelled, but Tim Allen continues to bring out comedy. Galaxy Quest is a sci-fi half-mockery starring a good deal of stars, from Signourey Weaver to Alan Rickman.
First off, the movie makes fun of Trekkies and Star Trek conventions. Basically, Galaxy Quest is a mock of "Star Trek," and it shows the truth of the conferences. All of the characters are stars of the show, but it was cancelled a while ago and their entire lives are basically made up signing autographs and spouting out trite lines. The fans dress up like them and other alien species, and not a single one of them is normal. Galaxy Quest depicts the conventions perfectly.
The next mockery is played by Sam Rockwell. He is "accidentally" brought along on the ride, saying that he is part of the show. He is actually one of those extra characters that got killed off early in an episode. Since the main characters in sci-fi shows never die, and the extra characters always do, his character is a perfect spoof of what sci-fi shows are really like. And he's funny.
However, Galaxy Quest isn't all fun and games. It does have some serious (or at least half-serious) sci-fi action, which means some graphics. And it has pretty cool graphics, which is rather surprising for a comedy. Still, the graphics are quite exceptional. In addition to the graphics, the bad guys are pretty much serious, and they do some serious things. The writers thankfully left out cheesiness in the roll of the bad guys, which spared us from the usual comedic bad guy stereotype.
Galaxy Quest is hilarious. It is a true mockery of sci-fi conventions and its fans, but also has some cool sci-fi stuff.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.