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GALAXY QUEST

SYNOPSIS:
Nearly twenty years after the classic sci-fi TV series Galaxy Quest was cancelled, its five stars Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen), Gwen DeMarco (Sigourney Weaver), Alexander Dane (Alan Rickman, Fred Kwan (Tony Shalhoub) and Guy Fleegman (Sam Rockwell) are still making appearances in costume at science fiction conventions for their faithful fans. Deep in space, the alien Thermians have intercepted the television transmissions of Galaxy Quest and mistaken them for 'historical documents'. Now, they have come to Earth to entice the Commander and his crew into space to help them defeat a real adversary. But with no script, director or any idea of real space travel, the actors have to improvise not only to live up to their reputations but in order to survive.

"If you've ever enjoyed a sci-fi film and are partial to off-the-wall concepts and flashes of comic delights, buckle up – the only licence you need is your imagination and your sense of humour! Take a deep breath and blast off into a world where the lines between fantasy and reality blur. Galaxy Quest is original, entertaining and very funny. The premise alone is enough to entice you. But it's more than a one-joke movie. Embracing three realities – the world of the actors, the aliens and that of the TV series' fans – this sci-fi action comedy is a parody, a spoof and a warm-hearted comedy to boot. The set up is clever – we jump from the tired reality of hack actors resenting their one claim to fame – to an unknown world where fantasy becomes reality. From bickering, resentful out-of-work actors to adventurers daring to live their roles without a safety net, Galaxy Quest is funny on many levels. Alan Rickman moans in his alien make up, Sigourney Weaver is a Barbarella-Barbie doll, while Tim Allen bumbles with gauche enthusiasm, top support coming from a very funny Tony Shalhoub and droll Sam Rockwell - performances are thoroughly enjoyable. There are big bangs, top effects and cool monsters, while David Newman's lively score colours every perception. The moment when Allen calls one of his fans for help – a nerdy teen who lives and breathes his space heroes - is a master-stroke, stretching the entire concept to delectable proportions. Satire at it's entertaining best, Galaxy Quest is a fun interlude that will have you chuckling for hours."
Louise Keller

"Galaxy Quest is a good natured parody within a parody, spoofing a poor man's Star Trek-like tv series and the generic blockbuster sci fi movie; it's a spoof of the spoof - a Chinese Box of a movie, in other words, where nothing is as it should be, including the humour. In some ways it's very clever, but it hides its light under a silly - even stupid - bushel. Complex things are (or may be) going on as the high fibre, high calibre, and often dead pan acting team tackles a script that's layered to intrigue us - after making us laugh. And confound our judgement. Is it really that banal? Or that brilliant? Is the stupid you, or the writers? While it plays as 'don't take this seriously, folks' it manages to retain enough credibility of the spoofed genre to be part real, part spoof. This is not easy to achieve, and the key to its success - twin bladed, as it were. The entire cast and crew can take credit for pulling off a minor miracle in having their cinematic bread buttered on both sides. By the final reel, you find yourself considering the nobility of human nature as it rises from the ridiculous to the sublime when challenged….before spluttering in your own disbelief. And so on. The creature effects are serious, as are the optical and digital effects, as is the score, so we are never let down by the premise: it's real. But it isn't really real, and although the cast play it for real, sometimes. . . well, you just better get yourself a seat on this star-hopping trip. You'll be in good company: just look at the acting (and writing) talent on board. And you'll have a ball at the inspired ending."
Andrew L. Urban

"Galaxy Quest works on every level that director Dean Parisot (Home Fries) attempts: adventure, comedy, pathos, and even a little commentary on the place of actors, myths, and identity in our society. Don't let that put you off though, as many won't even notice Parisot's playing with his audience's awareness of fantasy and reality in a particularly stunning pivotal moment near the end of the film. It really is a very sophisticated treatment of what could very easily have been a single joke film. The casting is inspired. Tim Allen, whose image is on the ego driven side, works wonderfully as the washed up former TV star. Sigourney Weaver's Alien adventures lend credence to her position in sci-fi but she provides much more than this in a wicked comic turn. Alan Rickman's Spock like doctor played by an actor who (constantly) bemoans the fact that he once played Richard III and can't bear Nesmith's constant upstaging is a gem. In fact the whole Ensemble from the TV stars to Guy (Sam Rockwell) the extra who scarpers aboard and instantly fears an early death (this is what traditionally happens to Crewman #6) to the funny and sad Thermians work wonderfully well. The music is perfect and perfectly placed. And shining through it all is a script by David Howard and Robert Gordon which is tight, clever, precise in its attention to detail and offers something for everyone from the Star Trek fan to the Star Trek hater and all in between. In years to come, Galaxy Quest will be heralded as a milestone of film satire."
Lee Gough

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 3
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

TRAILER

GALAXY QUEST (G)
(US)

CAST: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell

PRODUCERS: Mark Johnson, Charles Newirth

DIRECTOR: Dean Parisot

SCRIPT: David Howard & Robert Gordon (Story by David Howard)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jerzy Zielinski

EDITOR: Don Zimmerman A.C.E.

MUSIC: David Newman

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Linda DeScenna

RUNNING TIME: 102 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: United International Pictures

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: April 6, 2000







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