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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A galaxy of fun
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What a surprisingly good film! Sci-fi stories, by their very nature are difficult to make into successful comedies but this is a rare example of how to do it perfectly.
This film is a genuine masterpiece. It sends up shows like Star Trek and Babylon 5 very cleverly without ever deteriorating into clumsy, high school camp parody.
Everyone has seen some...
Published on 2 Oct 2003 by Steve

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3.0 out of 5 stars Galaxy Quest
Just not my cup of tea but sort of funny I suppose. I bought it for someone as a present because they said they liked it, and that's the main thing but I found it puerile
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A galaxy of fun, 2 Oct 2003
This review is from: Galaxy Quest [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
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What a surprisingly good film! Sci-fi stories, by their very nature are difficult to make into successful comedies but this is a rare example of how to do it perfectly.
This film is a genuine masterpiece. It sends up shows like Star Trek and Babylon 5 very cleverly without ever deteriorating into clumsy, high school camp parody.
Everyone has seen some Star Trek episodes at some time in their lives and this helps with the in-jokes.
Tim Allen plays a character that William Shatner will recognise, probably with some slight discomfort. The rest of the crew are top notch also, especially Alan " I am an ac-torrrr" Rickman and Sigourney Weaver who looked stunning.
The basic premise is that the cast of a long cancelled sci-fi romp series, Galaxy Quest, are reduced to appearing at fan conventions for a living. They feel degraded, bored and dislike each other and their persistant fans in varying degrees. Except "Commander Taggart" whose egotism allows him to revel in the attention these conventions bring the main star.
However, all things change when some typically quirky fans turn out to be Thermians who need the Galaxy Quest crew to help turn the tide in a cosmic war that they are losing to a lizard race. Having picked up the TV transmissions and thinking them to be documentaries, the Thermians re-create the ship of the series for real and take the disbelieving cast up to crew it.
Finally realising the predicament they are in, the cast try to get away except "Taggart" whose ego knows he can do it for real. The crew finally have no choice but to go along with it. The Thermians have painstakingly recreated the ship in every detail from the series. The helm controls work exactly as they appeared to do in the series, the weapons arrays are fired by the same buttons, etc. The cast merely have to remember what they did in the show to make it all work!
Even their quarters and food is the same, which is a shame for the alien Dr. Lazarus character.
The story pans out like a typical episode and the crew save the day in the end of course.
But this was so well done. The effects, expected to be low budget and cheesey, were superb. The script was excellent - witty and fast paced.
I don't know why this didn't do better at the cinema. It is one of the best spoofs ever made and is a must see film.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By Grabthar's hammer, this is a funny movie, 15 Sep 2003
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Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Galaxy Quest [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
I've never really been a fan of Tim Allen or Sigourney Weaver, so I put off watching this movie for a good while. I kept hearing and reading about how funny it was, though, so I finally gave in and watched it. The stories I heard are true because this is really an excellent comedy. I myself have some natural tendencies toward the type of TV show fans being lampooned in jest here, but we geeks have an amazing quality of laughing at ourselves when what we are seeing is genuinely funny. The idea is actually just short of brilliant; take the cast of a Star Trek-like science-fiction show cancelled twenty years ago and put them in a situation wherein they have to become the characters they played in order to save themselves and an entire civilization. The script is excellent, introducing great characterizations of the characters early on, keeping the action and comedy coming fast and furious, and maintaining the comedy at a witty and fresh level.
Tim Allen plays Jason Nesmith who plays Commander Peter Quincy Taggart, an obviously Shatner-inspired character who continues to hog all of the spotlight garnered from the old Galaxy Quest series, not realizing that his fellow cast members hold him in some disdain for his egomaniacal antics. A surprisingly blonde and very funny Sigourney Weaver plays Gwen DeMarcol who plays Lt. Tawny Madison, and she has always been unhappy about the fact her character on the show was never taken seriously. Then there is Alan Rickman's character Alexander Dane who plays the reptilian-human Dr. Lazarus; this formerly successful British "real actor" despises his rubber-headed character and constantly laments the depths to which his previously distinguished career has sunk. The other characters are also great: the fairly weird Fred Kwan (Tony Shalhoub) who plays Tech. Sgt. Chen, former boy actor Tommy Webber (Daryl Mitchell) who plays Lt. Laredo, and even Guy Fleegman (Sam Rockwell), better known as the expendable character whose lack of a last name makes him expect to meet death around every corner. You absolutely have to love the odd alien Thermians who seek the help of Commander Taggart in a last ditch effort to save their people and culture from a ruthless menace, believing all of the Galaxy Quest shows they intercepted in space to be actual historical documents of the bravest ship's crew to travel the universe.
The new adventures of the crew of the NSEA Protector, with the characters pretending to be the heroes they aren't, are rollicking good times interlaced with plenty of comedy and ruminations as to how our heroes ended up in this kind of unbelievable situation. There are even a couple of poignant moments inserted into the story which complement the comedy quite well and provide further insight into characters who, quite impressively, never really become total parodies of themselves. The special effects are also excellent, and that is another thing that Galaxy Quest has going for it. In this type of comedy, the special effects would seem to be of secondary importance, so their impressiveness serves to keep the storyline from sinking into campiness. Industrial Light and Magic handled all of the space scenes and some of the alien monsters, and the preeminent Stan Winston created some incredible aliens and monsters to fill this outrageous universe. The DVD only makes a great movie even better, throwing in such extras as an enjoyably informative making-of featurette and a number of deleted scenes.
You don't have to be a science-fiction fan to enjoy Galaxy Quest, although it will probably resonate more with those familiar with the Trek-like nature of the subject matter. Underneath the laughs and thrills hides a decidedly human story that inspires as it entertains, and this kind of quality comedy should be easily recognized and enjoyed by just about everyone. It would have been so easy to turn this kind of movie into something really silly if not insulting, but Galaxy Quest is nothing short of a brilliantly made comedy.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Altogether wonderful, 8 Dec 2006
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I'd hardly heard of this movie and came across it very indirectly. It deserves to be much better known; it's streets ahead of the only intermittently funny Spaceballs type stuff. I guess you'd need to like SF movies to really go for it, and a nodding acquaintance with Star Trek would help. It's very funny and oddly large-hearted too; all the kitschy Star Trek platitudes turn out somehow to be true and valuable without the movie getting sentimental or kitschy itself. It's some trick. Characteristic is the line from Sigourney Weaver, something like: "I've only got one stupid job to do on the ship and by God I'm going to do it!". It _is_ stupid; but she really does mean to do it; and it turns out to matter that she does it, too.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good..., 8 Aug 2004
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Martin Turner "Martin Turner" (Marlcliff, Warwickshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Galaxy Quest [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
This is the only film I've ever paid for on pay-per-view. That's after I saw it in the cinema and before I bought it on DVD. If you've read the Amazon review above then you'll more or less know what it's about. It's something of a spoof on the reinvention of Star Trek which took place decades after the original show was cancelled. It's also an amazing film in its own right.
This begins with the casting: Tim Allen comes with all the comedy credentials to make this film fly, but the inclusion of SF icon Sigourney Weaver makes it more of an A-movie than any of the films or series it spoofs. Then there's veteran thespian Alan Rickman, who could raise the level of any production. (Interestingly, one of Alan Rickman's early TV credits was as Brownlow in Smiley's People, which also featured a certain Patrick Stewart as Karla).
Sigourney Weaver! Interestingly, Weaver went on record during the making of this film as saying 'I put on a blonde wig and didn't say an intelligent thing for six months'.
You should have gathered that this is not the usual Spaceballs/ Airplane 3/ Men in White type of sci-fi spoof. Although it accurately satirises the conventions of Star Trek (as well as Star Trek conventions), it has its own first rate special effects and a plot that would stand up just as well if it was played as a straight, if rather quirky, SF adventure.
This is a film that everyone could be proud of, including the people who were being satirised. Interestingly, Jeri Ryan (Seven-of-nine, Voyager) makes a point of including a couple of photos of her at the Galaxy Quest premiere on her fansite.
Is it worth buying? Well, it's more or less the most played and most borrowed DVD in my collection. This film is simply, so good ...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderfully Affectionate Spoof, 30 Dec 2003
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This review is from: Galaxy Quest [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
Legend has it that William Shatner once lost his patience with a frighteningly over-eager Star Trek fan who wouldn’t leave him alone and told him to “Get a life!”. Years later, in his autobiography, he admitted to being dumbfounded when Nichelle Nichols (who played Uhura) revealed to him that throughout Star Trek’s run on TV and its subsequent big-screen success - over 25 years - she and most of his colleagues in the cast despised him. The given reason? Vanity and egomania, often leading to script rewrites at the expense of his colleagues’ characters in order to give his character more prominence.
These two ingredients, it would seem, provide much of the inspiration behind Galaxy Quest. That it parodies Star Trek is obvious, but what saves it from being yet another dull and hopelessly unfunny genre spoof is its emphasis on the characters and their fractious relationships rather than the genre itself.
Tim Allen bears more than a passing resemblance to Shatner in his physical prime, and he is excellent as the washed-up, egotistical and deluded former leading man. Alan Rickman is wonderfully acerbic as the bitter classical British actor whose previously distinguished career has been ruined by his role as a rubber-headed alien on the show, reduced to repeating his character’s ridiculous catchphrase at fan conventions. Sigourney Weaver is superbly cast as the intelligent, literate actress whose character’s only function was to repeat the computer’s dialogue and was upstaged by her own cleavage.
The plot borrows heavily from The Three Amigos – actors famous for their roles are mistaken for the real thing and asked by the inhabitants of a Mexican village to save them from local bandits. Only in this case it’s a desperate alien race who have mistaken the TV transmissions they have picked up as “historical documents” and drag the cast off to help them defeat an evil alien warlord.
Many a sci-fli cliché is lampooned here, notably the famous Star Trek tradition of killing off any crew members wearing red shirts within minutes of the opening titles. Sam Rockwell is hilarious as the neurotic actor who played just such a character in an old Galaxy Quest episode and becomes more neurotic and terrified throughout, convinced that his fate will mirror that of his bit-part status.
A sharp script jam packed with wonderful one-liners, usually from Rickman (“I see you managed to get your shirt off!”) ensures that the pace never slackens and the “genre spoof” label doesn’t wear thin. Producers of the Scary Movie series please take note.
Sci-fi fans are sent up superbly here, but never cruelly. Even the geekiest geek in the film gets to be a hero at the end, after all.
I could go on about the many other points which make this film so watchable and so funny, but the best thing any reader of this review could do is to check it out for themselves. All in all, the film is a nice, affectionate parody of a genre and its fans, and it would seem those very fans have embraced this film. A very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours on a rainy afternoon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, great blu-ray, 22 Oct 2013
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Just dropping a note on blu-ray print quality, it's marvellous. I had the DVD and it's so much better quality. Some of the outdoor scenes are slightly grainy, but only to be expected. Haven't looked at the extras.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, and improves with further viewings., 17 Feb 2001
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This review is from: Galaxy Quest (VHS Tape)
Don't be put off by the sci-fi element, this film stands on its own as a good comedy film. The basic plot revolves around a group of aliens mistaking transmissions of a sci-fi tv show, Galaxy Quest, for 'historical documents'. Which on its own sounds sort of mildly amusing but the script works hard with so many bits of humour from incidents that happen, the various characters and the dialogue, it is well worth seeing. All the actors and characters are spot-on. Favourites include Guy (played by Sam Rockwell), a hanger-on actor who becomes confused between reality and his ill-fated, bit-part role in the tv show, and Tim Allen is excellent as leading actor Jason Nesbitt, particularly funny at the start where he hasn't clicked what's going on yet. Good comedy - worth seeing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant parody of Sci Fi TV series, 2 April 2010
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This review is from: Galaxy Quest [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
This is a hilarious, clever movie which sends up popular Sci Fi TV series such as Star Trek, and especially the kind of die hard fans that such series attract. However, although it is poking fun, it does so gently and with affection.

The basic storyline is that a group of slightly over the hill actors from a famous Sci Fi show find themselves in deep trouble when a group of fans they meet turn out to be aliens from another planet who have been watching the series from space and think it is a "historical document". They need help from the actors to battle an evil alien lord, and they must do their best not to completely muck it up, all whilst bickering amongst themselves and dealing with their other fans.

What makes this film so good is that it is spot on with its little details. Anyone who has seen any Star Trek will recognise Shatner in Tim Allens character, and Alan Rickman is a "real" English actor who is frustrated by his side kick role (which is blatantly a Spock tribute). Having Sigourney Weaver play the on-board eye candy was also a stroke of genius ("Well forget it! I'm not doing it! This episode was badly written!"). The dialogue is really funny, and there is a laugh a minute - you will be quoting it long after the movie is over.

Ultimately though, this is a feel good movie about beating the bad guys, and the geeks certainly do triumph in the end. If you have ever watched any kind of Sci Fi TV show and enjoyed it, watch this immediately!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Entertainment, 5 Sep 2006
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Touching and affectionate send up of the whole tv sci-fi thing.A group of actors from a cancelled tv show reduced to making appearances at conventions are carried off into space to help an alien race(who believe their show to be real) from being killed off by a very deadly enemy.Kudos to all concerned especially Tony Shalboub as the "stoned" ship's engineer and Sigourney Weaver who is simply ravishing and funny as the "dumb blonde" One of the most charming mainstream american comedies in years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wryly hilarious, 3 April 2010
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A crew of stereotypes (heroic captain, busty blonde, expendable man destined to be eaten by aliens) acting in a series not a million miles away from Star Trek, find themselves on another planet whose inhabitants believe they really are going to save them from destruction...

I was enjoyably amused throughout the entire film by the gags, but my favourite bit was when a teenage computer geek and his pals, who know the inside of the space ship from being huge fans of the series, are able to guide the crew away from the scary lumpy aliens chasing them. The ending is hugely satisfying too.
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