Get a Life!
Get a Life!
An EPIX Original documentary directed by William Shatner, based on his hugely popular book, in which he examines the cultural phenomena of STAR TREK, its fan-following and his own role within it. In HD.
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I completely enjoyed this documentary, so was a little surprised bysome of the negative reviews of it. It certainly did NOT put down StarTrek fans in any way. While not a "Trekkie" myself, I have loved theshows in all their variations. I was one of the fortunate kids who was8-10 when the first Star Trek series was on air. I doubt I realized atthat tender age the message that Roddenberry was trying to impart inhis writing, but even being that young my psyche recognized that therewas an inherent "goodness" about what the characters were doing. Ithink that Mr. Shatner did an excellent job with this documentaryexplaining why this phenomenon has survived for 45 years. The long termTrek fans recognize this "goodness" as well. In a world increasinglyfilled with terrorist attacks and those in elected office who cannotfind a way to communicate, the Trek fans around the world have a"family" they can turn to who share a common interest and resolve -that people are good at heart and can find a way to get along and thatwe are all one Earth family. Those that have come to the conventionsfor decades have formed a second family and lifelong friends. How canthat possibly be a bad thing? I'm sure it seems eccentric to some butwhen you consider all the horrible things going on in our world, thisgathering of people interested in friendship and family is refreshingand this documentary did an excellent job communicating that. Read More
Get a Life! (2012) <br><br>** 1/2 (out of 4)<br><br>William Shatner wrote and directed this documentary that has himwondering who are all those people who show up at Star Trekconventions. Shatner narrates the various stories of people but he alsointerviews them about what makes the TV series and movies so special tothem and why they travel hundreds of miles to hang out with other fans.The title itself refers to a joke that Shatner said on a Saturday NightLive appearance but those worried this film is going to make fun of thepeople who are fans then they have nothing to worry about. I must admitthat to date I've only seen a couple of the movies and I've never seenany of the television shows so I'm certainly an outsider to thisfan-mania. With that said, I still found the film to be slightlyentertaining because I too am interested in the types of people who goto these festivals. I think it's clear that you can't just call them"geeks" because just about every type of person goes to these things. Ithink, for the most part, the film manages to be entertaining when it'slooking at the actual fans. The thing starts to get a bit overblownwhen Shatner is interviewing so called "experts" who discuss themeanings of fans and what they see in the show. GET A LIFE! runs just58-minutes so it's certainly not complete by any stretch of theimagination but I think fans of Shatner and the series should enjoy it. Read More
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Shatner made this documentary to squeeze some more money out of theStar Trek fans. In the first 20 minutes, several nice people areinterviewed only to be ridiculed by Shatner's voice over and cutscenes. He obviously does not live by the phrase, "you don't bite thehand that feeds you". <br><br>If you love Star Trek I encourage you to continue, but I have norespect for the actor/director William Shatner. The people interviewedin this film should file a class action lawsuit against his actions.They were interviewed by a camera crew only to have Shatner add hisvoice over later making sport of the very people who make the Star Trekfiction a life of reality. Read More