Science fiction and fantasy
directed by Dean Parisot
Galaxy Quest sends up fandom, thespians, and Star Trek-style science fiction brilliantly. Alan Rickman is outstanding as Alex, the bitter classical actor who resents his part as Dr. Lazarus and the cheesy catchphrase he has to repeat. Guy Fleegman (Sam Rockwell) isn't a regular cast member, but he comes along for the ride. But as Crewman Number 6 he soon realises he's the expendable one with no name, and he's terrified that he'll get killed off early on, because that's the way it always happened in the scripts. There are plenty of laughs as the actors ad-lib their way through this new challenge. They face weird, wonderful and gruesome aliens, sticky situations, and bizarre technologies. The ship's design sends up some of the more outlandish excesses of space TV. The film pokes fun at all the customs and clichés of the genre, from the baffling technobabble to the stereotyping of women as eye candy with no real job to do.
The cast is strong, and the visual effects slick. Yet the real star of this show is Robert Gordon and David Howard's script, which delivers a torrent of belly laughs that never lets up, even whilst it makes us care about the innocent Thermians and their crazy ideas, and about the washed-up actors who try to save them. The humour is accessible to a wide audience of newcomers and serious genre fans alike. It's bonkers and terrific.
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