Galaxy Quest (1999)

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An alien race recruit the crew of the NSEA Protector to aid them in their fight against a galactic tyrant, unaware that they are just a bunch of washed up actors from a cancelled TV show.

I’m not the biggest fan of Tim Allen, but here he is spot on as the drunken, egotistical has-been bickering with his equally well-played supporting cast in this surprisingly well made sci-fi spoof. The film is stolen out from under him – ironically, considering the similarity with the target of the parody – by Alan Rickman’s Spock-like Dr. Lazarus, a Shakespearean actor pained by how low his career has sank; the look on his face when he has to utter the line “By Grabthar’s hammer, what savings!” is priceless!

With a script that is both knowing and witty and effects and action sequences that shame most science fiction films that were meant to be taken seriously – including many of the Star Trek films themselves – Galaxy Quest is great fun.

7/10

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