Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

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The crew of the Enterprise are sent to rescue three diplomats from the neutral zone, but their captor’s true motive is to steal the ship to aid his quest to find God.

The Final Frontier is widely regarded as the worst example, but Star Trek films are very much like the series; the ones you thought were brilliant at the time date really, really quickly, yet the awful ones just seem to become more and more endearing. The laughable script, naive direction and dodgy effects also echo the TV show, but somehow the likeable cast, knockabout charm and sense of humour win through. William Shatner is clearly not an experienced director, but the pacing is fine and the enduring friendship between the central characters that forms the core of the film shines through. It does suffer for the fact that the actors are clearly refusing to grow old gracefully, the action scenes being more than a little embarrassing. But just like Shatner himself, its sense of humour and fact that it doesn’t take itself remotely seriously make for a lot of kitsch entertainment value and a few genuinely laugh out loud moments.

Anyone who still laughs at “Double dumb ass on you!” cannot fail to like this too.

5.5/10

 

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