Buzz on the upcoming reboot of “Star Trek” has reached fever pitch over the past twelve hours as both the world premiere in Sydney, and a surprise screening in Austin, took place with very positive feedback.
Kicking off several hours before the Sydney premiere, the screening in Texas was advertised as a showing of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” that would preview ten minutes of the new film. A few minutes in, ‘Khan’ conveniently seemed to ‘melt’ and actor Leonard Nimoy showed up on stage along with the film’s writers and producer Damon Lindelof to introduce a full screening of the new “Star Trek”.
Meanwhile the rest of the cast and crew – actor Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Karl Urban, Eric Bana, producer Bryan Burk and director J.J. Abrams – were all down here in Sydney, Australia walking the red carpet for the gala premiere at Sydney’s majestic Opera House.
Lots of fans joined press, camera crews and onlookers along the red carpet keen to get a glimpse of them all. Kudos to the team doing the webcast, which was also broadcast at the pre-show party inside, as Chloe Maxwell interviewed the mix of celebrities, models, and local film industry types. Many of them were obviously not Trekkers but very curious about this one, and I have to give props to radio/TV comedian Hamish Blake for knowing his Trek-lore.
I myself was in attendance but can’t publish my review just yet as I’m under embargo until April 21st, I will say though that those anticipating this will walk away very satisfied.
The presentation was immaculate. A special projector screen and sound system were installed simply for this event, while the film’s sound technicians flew in from Los Angeles to specially remix the film to take advantage of the concert hall’s acoustics.
The results on that front were exemplary, while the Texans may have gotten it a few hours earlier it can’t compare to the special setup that was put in place for this event. Sadly phones and bags were checked for security reasons so I couldn’t snap any shots.
Abrams and the group all stood up on stage to introduce the film, all getting loud cheers with home boy Bana in particular getting a very warm reception. After some wisecracks and comments, the film got underway.
Audience reaction, normally very muted at premieres, was surprisingly responsive. Giggles a plenty at the jokes, cheers at key points such as Nimoy’s first appearance and the end of the thrilling laser drill action sequence.
As the end credits played, spotlights snapped on and highlighted the cast sitting at the front of the dress circle. A standing ovation quickly followed, the 1,600 strong crowd turning and clapping them loudly. Abrams in particular seemed quite overwhelmed by the reaction and emotion of the room.
Leaving the cinema, comments from others in attendance were quite enthusiastic on the walk down the causeway. The cast continue interviews here in Sydney on Wednesday before flying off on the next leg of their world tour.