Film #235: THE CAPTAINS
The Captains aka The Captains: A Film by William Shatner
2 out of 5 stars
William Shatner writes and directs this examination of what it is to be a Starfleet Captain in the world of STAR TREK told by Shatner interviewing all of the actors who’ve performed the role on television and in movies. While there is some interesting insights offered by the interviewees, it is all run through the prism that is Shatner’s ego. So, inevitably, it all comes back to Shatner’s experience and how HE feels about things. No one is saved from “Shatnerization” and every moment in the film is used as a springboard for Shatner to push his agenda. And let me tell ya, as an interviewer, Shatner is truly awful. Wholly self-absorbed and overly-sentimental, Shatner so ham-fistedly handles his interview subjects that it becomes almost a joke. I mean, really… wrist-wrestling with Christopher Pine. REALLY?!?!? Asking Patrick Stewart & Scott Bakula about their divorces? Not even Kate Mulgrew is spared being asked about her rocky relationships with her children. And don’t get me started on Avery Brooks. The man is painted – and it’s not a hard painting to make – as a ridiculous eccentric & utter loon. Ok, so, that all said, there are some interesting moments in the film, but they are repeatedly obscured by Shatner- Shatner- Shatner and that diminishes whatever worth this documentary might have had. For TREK fans only.