By Will Barber Taylor
A one-of-a-kind documentary sure to unite trekkies worldwide, For The Love of Spock tells the life of Star Trek’s Mr. Spock and the actor who played him, Leonard Nimoy, for nearly fifty years.
The film’s focus began as a celebration of the fifty-year anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series, but after Leonard passed away in February 2015, his son, director Adam Nimoy, was ready to tell another story: his personal experience growing up with both Leonard and Spock. Adam not only shares details on the creation, evolution, and universal impact of Mr. Spock, but also about the ups and downs of being the son of a TV icon.
For The Love Of Spock is laden with never-before-seen footage and interviews of friends, family and colleagues that include William Shatner and the original Star Trek cast, Zachary Quinto and the new crew of the Starship Enterprise, filmmaker JJ Abrams and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
When Leonard Nimoy sadly passed away, millions of people felt as if they had lost a friend. From the President of the United States to the man down the pub, the admiration and respect for Nimoy was seemingly universal. This universal admiration and respect is beautifully portrayed in Adam Nimoy’s landmark documentary not only on the man but also on Star Trek itself.
Nimoy beautifully crafts the past and the present together, tying in such iconic moments as the origin of Spock’s Vulcan greeting with the most recent film interpretations of Star Trek. The wonderful cuts between origin of something like the Vulcan greeting and the impact that it has had on the world help make the documentary particularly special. It doesn’t feel like another documentary on Star Trek; it is a personal story about one man’s journey to realising one of sc-fi’s most iconic characters on screen.
The direction by Nimoy is also excellently done. The mixture of cuts between different interviewees and pictorial or archival footage is never drab or dull. The inclusion of Star Trek’s famous transporter as a bridging tool is particularly effective. Both Leonard Nimoy and Adam Nimoy’s involvement in the project is clearly personal and the passion which is displayed by both is excellently presented.
For The Love of Spock is a film that is made with clear love for its subject by people who love him. Its shows Nimoy not only as a truly great actor but a dedicated man who loved his family and children and wanted to do the best for them and his legion of fans. The film is touching and honest like Nimoy himself and a landmark piece of work that is a must for fans of Star Trek.
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