A group of washed-up actors from an old sci-fi show are recruited
by an alien race who need their help to stop an intergalactic tyrant.
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Directed by Dean Parisot
Written by David Howard and Robert Gordon
Starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman,
Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, Enrico Colantoni, Robin Sachs, Missi Pyle, Justin Long, Jed Rees, Patrick Breen
Galaxy Quest is a super quirky, original comedy that plays with the idea of what would happen if Star Trek turned out to be real. Featuring an all-star cast of character actors led by Tim Allen, this film is hilarious in every way and actually has some pretty decent visual effects for the late 90's. Galaxy Quest doesn't totally flatter the sci-fi convention crowd, but they were pretty spot-on with their representation of the Trekkies, who are called Questerians in regards to the show within the movie.
I love how this film acts as both a parody of Star Trek and a memorable sci-fi comedy in its own right. Tim Allen plays the Shatneresque Jason Nesmith, who once played a space captain on the old TV show Galaxy Quest. His lieutenant was played by Gwen DeMarco, played by Sigourney Weaver, and his science advisor was played by Alexander Dane, a British thespian played by Alan Rickman. Along for the ride are Fred Kwan (Tony Shalhoub), who was the tech sergeant, and Tommy Webber (Daryl Mitchell), who was the pilot. Then, of course, there's Guy Fleegman (Sam Rockwell), who once played an extra who died and is just along for the ride. Rockwell steals the whole movie as he considers himself expendable and thinks that any minute, he's gonna die to prove the situation is serious.
This film has been in my collection since the days of VHS tapes and now it sits proudly on my Blu-Ray shelf. I think it's one of the funniest films of the 90's and it only seems to get better with age. Thanks to a great comedic ensemble and a clever script, Galaxy Quest has ironically become a cult hit that will never fade from memory. As far as I'm concerned, it will be a favorite of mine forever.