No, now that you mention it, I haven’t seen the new Star Trek movie.
I’m not actually very fond of movies that are all spitzensparken and blinkenlitzen and make free with the fake-documentary jumpy-cam, which is what the trailers make it look like. I’m not particularly susceptible to motion sickness, but the aggressive use of the jumpy-cam is something I find really difficult to watch. I’m also not partial to having my eardrums blown out, and eardrum-exploding sound is apparently required for damnear every SF movie of the past couple of decades.
I hasten to add that the new Star Trek movie may not actually suffer from this batter-the-audience’s-senses syndrome. But the trailers sure make it look like it does.
When I went to see the first Matrix movie, if I hadn’t been the wheels for half a dozen people, I’d’ve left after half an hour. My ears hurt; and movies that I can recite the dialogue for two scenes in advance kind of bore me; and I appear to be the only person to notice that the maguffin is the VR version of Soylent Green (“Soylent Green is people!”).
I honestly can’t figure out why any director would choose the faux-documentary style of camera work. Perhaps this is a failure of my imagination, but I suspect that in ten or twenty years anybody who tries to watch a movie shot in that style will find it instantly dated. It must be hard on the camera operator, too, making the camera do all that jumping around. Is there an add-on motor that creates the effect?
Or do they just hang the camera from a Slinky?
It’s not only movies. Several TV series have adopted the technique, making them nearly unwatchable. There are a couple of series I’m about ready to abandon because watching them is so uncomfortable — Medium, for example, which has not one (jumpy-cam) but two strikes against it, the second one being its basically pernicious thesis. However, it’s also pretty well-written, which is why I’ve hung on this long.
But for the new Star Trek movie, I guess I ought to get over my dislike of the trailers and go and see it.
For old time’s sake.
Besides, my little birds tell me Mr. Sulu has a sword fight.
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