Starring: Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver,
Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell
Rated: PG (Violence)
Running Time: 102 Min.
Galaxy Quest is a science-fiction comedy. Good science-fiction comedy is difficult to produce. Good, intelligent, science-fiction comedy is nearly impossible to pull off, but Galaxy Quest actually succeeds! In addition to being very funny, there's also a lot of heart and genuine feeling in this film.
Tim Allen plays Jason Nesmith, an actor known primarily for his role as Commander Peter Quincy Taggart on a sci-fi television series called Galaxy Quest. Now, years after the program has been cancelled, he and the other actors of the show are still playing the roles that brought them success, but only at science-fiction conventions and other fan-based events. Constantly bedevilled by the show's many fans, Nesmith and the others begin to question the paths their careers have taken.
Just as this moment of doubt is settling in, they are visited by aliens who have been monitoring Earth's television broadcasts, which they mistake for historical records. They believe that Nesmith and the others really are the Commander and crew of the starship N.S.E.A. Protector, and are convinced that Commander Taggart is their only hope of countering a threatened attack by their enemy, the evil Sarris. Now, these former television stars must decide whether to stay on Earth, and continue to do personal appearances at conventions and shopping malls, or go with the aliens and pretend to be the characters they played on television. They choose the latter, and what follows is one of the most original comedies of the year.
There are wonderful performances from the entire cast, and plenty of great references that fans of a certain actual science-fiction show will find very entertaining. It would have been so easy for this movie to trash Star Trek for comedic effect, but Galaxy Quest is written so well that it plays more as a tribute to that show than a parody.
The special effects are also a cut above those of most science-fiction comedies. This film has obviously been produced by people who have a genuine love for the science-fiction genre, and it shows in every frame. The only other science-fiction comedy that I would compare with Galaxy Quest, that has equally clever writing and a great cast as well, is 1984's Ghostbusters.
A.J.'s Rating: 4 Stars and Faith in Sigourney Weaver's Role Choices!