Star Trek

I went to see the new Star Trek movie last night and really enjoyed it. However, if there was one area I could fault it would have to be the dire accents.

The guy playing Checkov (is that how you spell it) seemed like an extra from "Allo Allo", speaking some sort of weird accent that sounded neither Russian not French, but somewhere in between. However, the worst criticism has to be for the usually very good and admittedly still very funny for Simon Pegg. He plays Scotty in a good comedy way, but his accent never really reached Scotland and got further and further south as the film progressed. We all like to criticise Americans attempting poor British accents, but surely Simon Pegg could have learnt something from those from the other side of the pond (the original Scotty and his fellow Canadian Mike Myers who does a great comedy Scottish accent ) or at least spoken to one of the many Scots living in the England in ordet to do the accent some justice.

As to the other actors, Kirk, Spock and the rest were great, but the best for my money was the guy playing Dr McCoy. Brilliant film though and well worth watching, even if you were never Star Trek fan.


Anonymous said...

Hmm, if it makes you feel better, the actor for Chekov is actually Russian but speaks in a fake accent in reference to the original, e.g. see here http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/StarTrek.

Pegg's accent is indeed variable.

Man in a Shed said...

The film was great, may even go to watch it again if I can wangle a leave pass.

However it also represents an example new trend in film making of trying to keep almost constant action, at the expense of the developing plot. ( Keeping the audience engaged by adrenalin rather than intellectual curiosity ).

Quantum of Solace did the same. Fun film to watch but zero story line.

It will be interesting to see where they go with the sequels.