Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Allegory required

"The ambition for a sequel to Star Trek is to make a movie that's worthy of the audience and not just another movie, a second movie that feels tacked on," JJ Abrams has told the LA Times. "The first movie was so concerned with just setting up the characters, that in many ways a sequel will have a very different mission. It needs to do what [Trek creator Gene] Roddenberry did so well, which is allegory. It needs to tell a story that has connection to what is familiar and what is relevant. It also needs to tell it in a spectacular way that hides the machinery and in a primarily entertaining and hopefully moving story. There needs to be relevance, yes, and that doesn't mean it should be pretentious."

I liked Abrams' Trek, although I had some reservations. More allegory and less action would suit me fine.

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