Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
It's a surprisingly boring movie — too long, too many broody discussions about confronting death.It lacks tension, and the campiness that gives the duller episodes of TOS a shot in the arm isn't consistent here.Yes, Shatner's furious, echoing bellow of "KHAAAAN!" is funny, and so is the Mad Max Beyond Khanderdome wardrobe on Montalban and the rest of the Khanettes, but ordinarily, the franchise's self-serious moments play as unintentional humor.ST II is just too slow.
But there is one moment I quite liked, just before Kirk and Spock's climactic "farewell, non-sexual life partner" scene: Bones has to restrain Kirk from entering the chamber, insisting that doing so will contaminate the whole room with radiation.He's consistently at odds with Spock, but he understands how Spock's death will devastate Kirk, and the way DeForest Kelley plays the line is really rather lovely.All the fireworks happen a minute later between Shatner and Nimoy (although Shatner is, for Shatner, more understated than I'd expected), but Kelley is the one I noticed. Nice scene for an actor who's usually forced by the scripts to sound one of two grumpy notes.
Overall, though, a disappointment — neither good enough nor bad enough.
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