Kevin Smith Gives Thumbs Up to Star Trek

Published 6 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 10:30 pm,

I’ve never been a believer in a studio keeping a film classified from the general public because “it’s just too good to spoil!”

Needless to say then, I was beyond annoyed when J.J. Abrams & Co. failed to show up and present any footage from next summer’s Star Trek reboot/prequel at the San Diego Comic Con last month.

Now comes word that Abrams has completed a rough cut of the film and been showing it off to a select few – which apparently includes Zack & Miri Make a Porno writer/director Kevin Smith, who apparently had nothing but praise for J.J.’s new take on Sci-fi’s most revered franchise.

Appearing on the Kevin and Bean radio show this past Friday morning, Smith had this to say:

Smith: I saw a movie last night that I cannot talk about.

Host: Was it good?

Smith: It was phenomenal.

Host: Any stars, any break out stars, and do they trek?

Smith: The stars absolutely trek in this film. It is fantastic. Anybody who was worried doesn’t need to be worried–about this film I cannot talk about…It was in very capable hands. The director did a phenomenal job–the director and his crew. Top notch cast and the guy that plays the lead is an instant star. That dude is going to be so famous. He is so wonderful. He picked up a role that I would say is pretty challenging for someone to step into the shoes of, because it is a role that has been played before many times by the same guy.

Host: How do you out Shatner, Shatner?

Smith: I don’t know what you are talking about.

It’s nice to hear that Chris Pine holds his own playing young Kirk – at least from Smith’s perspective. Then again, Smith did do a pretty good job reviewing films on Ebert & Roeper At the Movies last year, so I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt in this case.

However, that still doesn’t change the fact that Paramount is keeping this film so damn secretive! I mean seriously: can we get a full-fledged trailer already???!!!!

Star Trek will beam across the silver screen on May 8, 2009.

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  1. I have no idea why Kevin Smith is relevant at all. His comics were late/terrible, he hasn’t made a good film in years, and he is a horrible actor. Why all that adds up to someone the sci-fi/fantasty film enthusist feels they can trust is beyond me. I wish he would go away.

  2. Shane, its because he is one of the gods of the geek communities. I say communities in plural, because that applies to the Movie and the Comic world. So if he is impressed, then a tons of his fans and followers will be at ease as well.

    Personally, I’m very relieved that he loves Snyder’s cut of Watchman and JJ’s Star Trek

  3. I have no idea why someone would review a guy who barely reviewed a movie. Guy liked the new Star Trek movie. He didn’t put out a press release saying so, he just talked about it on a talk radio show, where guests are expected to… well, talk. And then people started writing about it. Apparently, he is relevant.

    His comics may have been late, but sales-wise, they did well and review-wise, they were lauded (22 5 Star ratings for his Daredevil run here: http://www.amazon.com/Daredevil-Visionaries-Vol-Guardian-Devil/dp/0785107371/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219763331&sr=8-2 and 28 5 Star ratings for Green Arrow run here: http://www.amazon.com/Green-Arrow-Quiver-Book-1/dp/1563899655/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219763493&sr=1-1).

    On the film front, sure – Jersey Girl tanked, commercially and critically. But Clerks II did well financially and critically (http://viewaskew.com/theboard/viewtopic.php?p=1943482#1943482).

    Even his acting received critical acclaim (http://silentbobspeaks.com/?m=20070627).

    And as for wishing he’d go away: save your wishes for something that matters. And if his going away matters most to you out of everything in the world you could possibly wish for, then get a perspective.

    Now YOU know what it’s like to be reviewed for your opinion.

  4. He has seen Watchmen too?
    Wow.
    He gets around.

  5. Rob,
    Thanks for the reply, but again I wonder, why he is one of the gods to the geek community? He hasn’t done anything good. His movies are almost unwatchable and his comics are marginal (the one exception being his run on Green Arrow which was actually pretty good).

  6. His run on Daredevil was pretty awesome, though horribly tardy, and his more comedic films (clerks 1&2, mallrats, J&SB SB, Dogma) are pretty funny, admit it.

  7. Anti-Shane,
    In spite of your flame job on me, I took the time to read your post. I went to Rotten Tomatoes to see how his films have been received critically (I used the overall rating)-
    Clerks 2 =63%
    Jersey Girl= 40%
    Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back= 53%
    Dogma= 68%
    Chasing Amy= 91% (haven’t seen this one, will have to check it out)
    Mallrats= 50%
    Clerks= 86%

    So based off that site (frequently used by Vic if I remember correctly), most of his movies are around the 50-60% mark critically, which is hardly overall critical acclaim. Clerks 2 did not break $24 million domestic box office, not really a financial windfall.

    As far as the Amazon reviews, yes the people who took the time to review the comics gave them great ratings. You’ll find that most products reviewed on Amazon have good marks, part of the reason is that most people who do not like the product, do not review it. When you factor in Smith’s cult following, this is even more true as his fans review all of his stuff favorably. Check out reviews for other comics writers like Gaiman or Moore who also have huge fan bases, all of their stuff (even the stuff that is not so great like Moore’s Black Dossier)have good reviews too. And if you read my other post which must have been typed while you were typing yours, I did say that his Green Arrow run was quality.

    To your last point about me wishing he would go away, that was my opinion. Didn’t you just flame me for giving my opinion on someone else’s opinion? Then you went and did the same thing to me, hypocrite much?

  8. Hm…this is ringing of deja vu…there was a comment thread similar to this on FSR…

    As for Kevin Smith…I’ll echo the sentiments from my post at FSR…not everyone has to like him (as evidenced by Mr. Shane), but there are enough people who do …and it is those people who will take what he has to say to heart (indicated by his guest hosting Ebert & Roper episodes).

    The powers that be on Star Trek knew what they were doing when they had him in for a screening. They knew he was outgoing and vocal about…well…just about everything…and they knew he would go for their movie (gag order or not, they knew he was going to say something anyway). As far as Hollywood-types go, he would be the first to admit how much of a geek he is (and has, in his book). A few examples: He had been tapped for a Heroes: Origins episode (revealed at the 2007 Comic Con), he moderated the BSG panel at the 2008 Con (there is a Viper flying around with his name on it), he made a cameo appearance in the Superman: Doomsday animated feature, his aforementioned comic “legacy,” a future movie he’s had in the works (“Ranger Danger and the Danger Rangers”), plus I’m sure other projects that haven’t popped up on the radar yet…

    There is no doubt he is a talented man, whether you like his stuff or not…numbers don’t lie.

    Sure, not everything he’s made has turned to gold…but he is outspoken and brazen enough that people will take notice. His enthusiasm for his craft will ensure he won’t be going anywhere for a long time…

  9. daviedave,
    Good post, definitely more fair to Kevin Smith than mine. Thanks for taking the time to answer my orignal question as to why he is one of the gods in the geek community. Also, thank you for not flaming me and just presenting a different opinion.
    -Shane

  10. No problem, man…

    Not to take anything from anyone else, or to ruffle feathers…but this IS an opinion board, and as such, people are free to say (almost) anything they want about the topic at hand.

    The rules are also clear. Right above the comment box has a little sentence outlining the rules: “No profanity or personal attacks.” Everyone on these boards, and everyone who reads these articles/visits these sites is all there for the same reason. We love movies, or SciFi, or comics, or whatever…and as a member of such a community, there is no place for such attitude. If you don’t like something, say it “out loud,” but keep in mind others might not feel the same way. Be prepared to defend why you don’t like something, or view something differently…

    These comment sections are great for such discussions…but personal attacks detract from the discussion topic…and eventually you end up with dozens of posts that have nothing to do with the subject at hand (or in this case…just a few, mine included).

    Okay…to interject some Kevin Smith stuff (and hopefully get this back on track)…I actually own all of his stuff on DVD, and his book…so I am most definitely a fan (even Jersey Girl…but hey, I’m from Jersey myself…it’s almost a state law…well…almost…).

    I also appreciate him because of his…almost “Geek-Cinderella” story. He was a comic-book nerd who worked in a convenience store attached to a video store (the very same ones in Clerks)…who made a movie with his friends, “loosely” based on his life, and his experiences. He racked up tons of Credit Card debt, and in the end, the movie became such a cult classic that they now show that movie “drive-in” (sit-in) style in the lots adjacent to the store…and unfortunately have to turn people away because of how popular it is. His ties to NJ are still so strong that most of his “special events” (i.e. B-Day “Prom” party, Poker tournies, and movie showings) still take place in/near his hometown (in his own comic-book store, no less).

    I can understand why people don’t like him, however, and I have no problem with that…because it could lead to some interesting discussions…all of which I am looking forward to reading.

    Till then.

  11. Kevin’s a big Comic Book, Sci-fi fan,,, I remember JJ saying he was making this film for the ppl that arnt fans ???

  12. posting a bunch of arbitary ratings from a site is a pretty stupid thing to do.

    The clerks movies, and for the most part, all of Kevin Smith movies are niche market films with a built in fanbase.

    and 790…ya the idea is to make Trek mainstream, so everyone will enjoy it. The harcore fans are the ones that are worried about having new actors play iconic characters. Kevin Smith says its done perfectly so the hardcore fans can relax.

  13. so i dont get what ppl are arguing here. No one is saying Kevin Smith is Spielberg, he says that about himself.

    What we can say is that he has a large and loyal fanbase and is quite an icon in the comic and movie geek community. No one can dispute that so what is everyone talking about, lol

  14. he says he’s not spielfberg himself that is, heh. what I meant to type, is that he knows who he is and doesnt say he’s like an oscar worthy director

  15. @Rob

    The use of the word “stupid” is pretty strong. Rotten Tomatoes is a well known aggregator of reviews from both “elite” and other reviewers around the ‘net and is a good gauge of whether generally speaking a movie is good or not.

    Although it might have been more relevant to list the average rating instead of the percent positive/negative.

    As to Kevin Smith: He’s a well known personality with a history in the comic book industry whose tastes in sci-fi and superheroes generally represent fans of those genres. He’s too crass for my taste (I *hated* “Clerks 2″) but I get where he’s coming from.

    Vic

  16. All opinions of Mr. Smith and his opinions aside, I think that paramount is actually exercising thier right to gain interest by way of mass curiosity instead of going the viral rout rgarding this film. Let’s face it guys, before the interweb gave us an opportunity to go sniffing about for any morsels we could dig up regarding upcoming big budget/ concept films, we were content to get our snippets of info from sci-fi and film mags to satisfy us till the films were released. Times change, and the onus on the studios to either promote or protect information regarding tentpole movies is likely a collaboration of using the web to tease us, overwhelm us with “money shots”, or leave us to our own, impatient little imaginations.

    I, for one, am kinda diggin’ the mystery thus far and can’t wait to see this flick!

    Peace, ya’ll

    M.W.L.

  17. Smith doesn’t have to be a great director, writer, etc. to review (or state an opinion about) a movie. how many of us on here have ever made a nationally-released movie or published a comic? and yet we state opinions and reviews all the time.

    All I have to say is… he’s seen Star Trek and Watchmen??? I am incredibly jealous

  18. I’ve heard alot about Star Trek 11, I sure hope the film isn’t a montage of flashbacks. (That’s one of my fears).
    The montage works in South Park but not on Star Trek.
    ^
    Smith is a A’ok by me, but its not like he’s gonna see the new Star Trek movie (in advance), and say it was ok,,,
    Abrams would (have his PA) beat the crap out of him in some alley in Pasadena.
    From what I know the vfx arnt complete yet, so he prob saw a rough cut.
    ^
    Big fan of some of Kevin’s film’s Dogma, Cleck’s… He has a funny part in “Comic Book the Movie” where he spoofs himself and actually talks to Mark Hamill about writing a script about a superhero that fights a giant spider at the end of the film. (Fans of Smith will get that inside joke.) 8-)

    I think we see Kevin in his natural enviroment in Die Hard 4. I’ve heard that the set dress guys got most of that “stuff” frm Kevin himself…
    :-)
    Anyway, I’m just rambling at this point. :-)

  19. I apologize to all here, as soon as I said ‘stupid’ I knew it was wrong and unfair, and definately too harsh.

    Everyone quotes other review grades, even I. In this case, I meant that reviewed ratings on niche films often aren’t that applicable. For Kevin Smith, the fans of his films will give a movie like mallrats a perfect score, same wit Jay and Silent Bob. But to your average movie-goer and adult who don’t understand his work or characters, they may despise it.

    In any case, I am a movie geek for sure, and I really like to hear what he has to say, because he’s a pretty down-to-earth dude and know’s what he is and is not capable of. I dunno about you all, but hearing him praise Watchmen and Trek is a huge thing for me personally going into the film schedule next year.

  20. Na na na no, Worries Rob !!!
    I always look forward to your comments !!!
    8-) ;-) :-)

    Still waiting on that LEXX vs Watchmen challenge????
    :-)

  21. I just hope that it sticks to the original Star Trek and not the p&%syfied hippy “set our phasers to stun” BS of the shows after that…

    If I was a squad-leader or teamleader in that universe, my order would have been “set your phasers to annihilate”

  22. @Ken J

    LOL, you know that is one reason I will ALWAYS prefer Kirk over Picard. Kirk was an old school, take no prisoners, “make my day” kind of guy balanced by common sense and compassion.

    Picard embodied the era in which TNG was created: Rule by committee, bend over backwards to a ridiculous point in conflicts and worrying about how everyone felt.

    Vic

  23. Actually I’d be a little concerned that Smith liked it.

    He tends to like stuff that is dialogue and character study driven rather than plot driven.

    If you look at most of his movies it’s just people talking and there is little to no actual story.

    I want a movie with an actual story and some action not just talking heads.

  24. ssssssssssssssssss

  25. @zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    um, yah, good point…

  26. For me, STAR TREK is the biggest question-mark of next summer’s blockbuster tentpoles.

    My personal opinion is it’s either going to be a huge hit or a huge flop – not some middle of the ground “meh” money-maker (i.e. SUPERMAN RETURNS)

    But considering the H-O-R-R-I-B-L-E buzz on WOLVERINE (i.e. my gut feeling is it will ultimately kill the X-MEN film franchise – what’s left of it), Paramount might have been wise to put the TREK reboot/prequel out a week later.

    We shall see…

    Jamie.

  27. I think it’ll be a huge hit, but that the ratings will be good but not great.

    come next year and towards the beginning of the summer season there will be in unbelievable marketing campaign for this flick and because of it, tons of buzz. JJ will make the trailers for this film mind blowing so itll draw alot of the mainstream….at least I hope…I want thish to be a big success, Star Trek sure as heck needs it and what a good time for it since Star Wars is getting worse day-by-day