Once you know that this film was written by TV supremo David E. Kelley [writer/producer of Ally McBeal] then everything about it makes sense. Bridget Fonda plays a ditzy, skinny little Ally McBeal type - totally at odds with her usual take-charge kind of role. Apparently Fonda was Kelley's original choice to play McBeal, and judging by this she would have been competent in the role.
Bill Pullman [Independance Day] and Oliver Platt [ Bicentennial Man ] are in the same job as Ms Fonda - tracking down a giant man-eating crocodile that has been discovered in the lake of the title. The celebrity guest-star is Betty White from Golden Girls, who has a totally hilarious cameo!
The good guys are camped out beside the lake, along with the sheriff and his crew. The deputies include, of course, a token black guy and a token female.
The first full-on view of the beast is a real shock - totally out of the blue, unlike a similar scene in Deep Blue Sea
The film is about 90 mins long - it seems to go on forever, but once it's over you realise there was actually very little to it.
This film rips the piss out of Star Trek and the Trekkies.
Tim Allen [the voice of Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story ] is a take on William Shatner; he plays an actor who played a Kirk-esque character in a Trek-type 1970s TV show called Galaxy Quest. Unlike Shatner, however, Allen's character is really shocked when he finds out that everyone thinks he's an arrogant loser.
Sigourney Weaver stars as a blonde actress who plays the crew's token bimbo. No doubt she was picked for the part because the Producers wanted a big-name star billed for the movie. The blonde wig and wonderbra take 20 years off her age!
Alan Rickman is the Spock of the crew. The image of a typical Shakespearean actor, he continually moans about how he did so much arty work and all he is remembered for is a trashy TV show.
Now their TV careers are well and truly over, the crew earn a living doing Conventions and the like for all kinds of oddball fans. Not for the first time, Allen gets taken for a ride by a group of these fans, who take him to their replica of the Galaxy Quest starship.
However, these fans are REAL aliens who think the show was historical records of real-life events! They have built a life-size, fully working version of the Galaxy Quest space-ship and need Allen's crew to operate it against a genuine alien menace.
A nice touch: Rickman's makeup disentigrates at the mission transpires, as does Weaver's costume.
Return to the April 2000 Page.
Return to the ORBzine Homepage.
© Speculator 2000-5