Adam Nimoy had advertised the movie in his Kickstarter campaign as a documentary celebrating Spock and Leonard Nimoy, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek.
That was two-thirds of the film. The final third was a look at the troubled relationship between Adam and Leonard.
The first third of the film -- the part about Spock -- was sorta fun, though I didn't feel as if Adam shed any actual light on the subject. There was a collection of great Spock moments -- not as good as what you could find in any fan-made YouTube compilation -- a few interviews with Trekkies who felt that Spock helped them in various personal ways, and a few interviews with professional scientists who appreciated Spock. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was especially notable among the latter, for being consistently adorable, but then, he usually is. :-)
The second third of the film -- the part about Leonard Nimoy -- was, I thought, the best part. We got clips of Leonard's guest appearances in various TV shows while he was a young man, shots of him in various plays after he became famous, and some discussion of the movies he'd directed and the photographs he'd taken. There were interviews with his older brother, Melvin, and his wife, with a childhood friend who also became an actor, and with the surviving cast members of TOS and of the reboot movies. I had never seen Melvin before, and it was interesting to hear him talk about his little brother.
The final third of the film -- the part where Adam talked about his troubled relationship with his father -- blames Leonard's devotion to his work and the consequent long hours, exhaustion, and general non-availability for Adam's various addictions and general dissatisfaction with life. There's a quite a lot of that -- He forced the whole family to help him answer his fan mail! The pain! The horror! -- and then it winds up with a segment whose tone is "Fortunately, Leonard eventually gave up all that acting nonsense and devoted himself to his family, as he should have all along."
So the film has a "happy" ending, by having Leonard give up his various creative pursuits to devote himself to his family.
Adam says that his ex-wife -- with whom he is good friends -- told him that there was too much of HIM in the movie. He asked the movie's editor -- he told us during the introduction before the film that this was a woman he hired specifically because she knew nothing about Star Trek
-- and she told him that putting so much of himself into the movie was a good thing. Judged just as a movie, the editor is probably right, because the last third adds a bit of drama. Judged as a film touted as a celebration of Spock and Leonard Nimoy,
however, I'm afraid I have to agree with the ex-wife. And even more than Adam's injecting so much of himself into the movie, I object to his making "Give up your career and devote yourself to your family" the point or moral of the story he's telling.
So now I'll talk about the movie in more detail, by part:( Details under hereCollapse )
Although the movie certainly wasn't all bad and in fact had some lovely moments, overall I thought that Adam Nimoy made a rather self-indulgent film. Of course, the poor guy did lose his father recently, so one can forgive a certain amount of self focus ... but this isn't the movie I thought I was funding, and I was heartsick at the "moral" Adam gave us.
Do Star Trek fans want to see the movie? Yeah, you probably do ... but I think you'll enjoy it more if you go in with lowered expectations. I trust I have lowered them sufficiently. :-)