"An affectionate and funny spoof of sci-fi TV and its rabid fans."
OK, you would be forgiven if you said "I would rather staple my tongue to a urinal than see a Tim Allen movie." I did. But being a fan of good comedy and sci-fi, I was intrigued by Galaxy Quest. Suffice to say it's a surprisingly fun movie, especially for you sci-fi freaks.The has-been cast of Galaxy Quest spend their days at silly conventions and pathetic grand openings. Some authentic aliens mistake them for the real thing, and zap them into outer space to save their planet. The movie is as ridiculous as it sounds, yet it never becomes stupid. This is thanks mainly to the cast. Tim Allen is at his most tolerable as the arrogant captain (on the show as well as in real life) and Sigourney Weaver is obviously having a good time doing comedy. The real strength, as is usually the case in movies like this, is the supporting cast: Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub and Sam Rockwell simply shine as the remainder of the Galaxy Quest crew.
There are quite a few surprises throughout this movie, and it adds up to quite a shockingly good little movie. (I was stunned, honestly.) The special effects are really strong, especially when contrasted against the wonderfully dated clips of the old TV show. (I like the giant rock monster, personally.) Also a lot of fun was watching the crew learn to use the ship. On the TV show, it was plywood and Christmas lights. Apparently the ship was created based on the television show, so the crew instantly knows how to operate it (almost).
An important factor in a satire is the tone. Galaxy Quest hits it perfectly, with a script that may tease those sci-fi conventioneers, but it's never nasty. There's a good amount of affection on display here, and the movie really works because of it. Yeah, it's a 'high-concept' movie to be sure, but it's a good example of how Hollywood can make a big-scale movie with some heart and originality.Look, it's damn funny, has really cool monsters and aliens, there's some solid action scenes, the whole cast hits the mark, and Sigourney Weaver shows some surprisingly effective cleavage for a 50-year old. All in all, a fun and clever movie.