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A perfect, light hearted Sci-Fi Comedy which keeps you entertained for the whole two hours
jmanchak61 March 2010
WARNING!!! POSSIBLE SPOILERS!!!!!!!! "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" is arguably the greatest Trek. It is the most popular Star Trek film (not including the 2009 reboot). Before the reboot, it was the only Trek to gross over $100 million domestically, plus it was extremely well received by critics and fans alike. It surpassed every expectation that it had set up for itself, simply because it is the funniest and most light hearted Trek.

The best part is the interactions between the characters. Yes, the film was nominated for 4 Oscars (once again, the most of any Trek) including best effects, but the effects aren't the best part. It was the success of this film that convinced Paramount Television to give a spin-off series a shot. As you probably know, TNG, DS9, ST:V, and ST:E were all very successful, and they were the result of a chain reaction which started with the success of "The Voyage Home".

The film also noted Leonard Nimoy as a top-notch comic director. This won him the job of directing "Three Men and a Baby".

If you like Star Trek, this is definitely the film for you. Everyone else? Just research the characters a bit and I'm sure that you'll have a good time.

This film earned its money and its acclaim. It features many classic moments (Spock mind-melding with the whale, Scotty talking to the computer, Kirk using "colourful metaphors" to handle an angry cabbie, Spock using the nerve pinch on a punk on the bus, Kirk and Spock arguing over their preferred foods, and that's just scratching the surface!).

10/10 A Sci-Fi Comedy along the quality of "Ghostbusters", "MIB", and "Back to the Future"! That might be an overstatement, but I think it's true!
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Hugely enjoyable!
NiceGuyTommy21 February 2005
First off, I'm not a big BIG 'Star Trek' fan. I've seen the first six films, and catch an episode of the TV series every now and then (I saw the whole first season recently, which made me re-visit the Shatner/Nimoy films). I did however, find this film extremely entertaining! In fact, it was about as much fun as I think you can have at home with a (tasteful) video! I found 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' a tad dull, although I still enjoyed it. And II and III work well together, and are both enjoyable sci-fi action flicks ('Wrath of Khan' is another classic, but I feel IV pips it to the post). However, when 'The Voyage Home' was over, I had no idea that a film with a plot which involved two humpback whales and mid-1980s San Fransico could be so damn fun.

Shatner is on great form as the rogue Capt. Kirk, and Nimoy is brilliant in conveying Spocks absolute confusion at being stuck on a planet he partly understands, in a time he cannot comprehend. When Kirk explains Spocks oddness to the brilliant and frankly underused actress Catherine Hicks, Kirk says that Spock did a lot of "LDS" back in college.

Kelley, Takei and company are all on fine form, and the score, direction and script all work brilliantly. The fact that the 1980s now seems so long ago (it after all, did not age as well as some decades) only adds to the films premise.

I would thoroughly recommend this film to anyone - 'Star Trek' fan or not - as it is a wonderfully entertaining film for all ages. I'm sure wherever Gene Roddenberry is, he looks back on this film venture with a wry smile and a bag of popcorn.
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My Favorite Star Trek Film!
mz-3786619 February 2017
10/10 This is very much a personal rating and not a critical rating. I love this film! It's fun and silly, and it's my favorite Star Trek film. The whole premise of going back in time to save the world by saving the whales, ridiculously fun!! :) It may not be the most serious Star Trek or be the one that makes you look into yourself and challenges you, but not all movies have to do that. I grew up watching this film with my family and I guess my dads love for the film rubbed off on me.
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There be whales here.
bigwig_thalyi25 July 2005
An alien probe is heading towards earth causing tidal waves and hurricane winds. The probe is trying to get in touch with humpback whales which no longer exist.In time honoured tradition it is up to James kirk and crew to go back to the 20th century, find some humpback whales,take them home with him and save the day again. This is by far the funniest of all the star trek films due to the fact that it is played totally tongue in cheek and the cast aren't afraid to poke fun at themselves.To the crew it is like visiting an "undiscovered country" and the customs of modern man confuse them totally. Catherine Hicks plays their 20th century contact,joins in the fun and adds to the confusion they are feeling by playing her role totally straight. Some classic scenes include Scotty trying to instruct a computer by talking into the mouse,Dr Mcoys horror when surgeons are about to drill into Chekovs skull and Spocks solution to dealing with an arrogant yob on a bus. However it also has a serious ecological message.If we don't stop destroying our planet then the day could well come when every kind of whale will cease to exit.Some video clips, shown in the scene in the museum,displaying images of men killing whales are disturbing because they are real. Watch this film ,enjoy it, but remember that sometimes fact is more disturbing than fiction. In memory of James Doohan 1920- 2005 RIP.
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The most popular Star Trek movie
perfectbond4 February 2003
The Voyage Home is the Star Trek film that had the highest box office gross. It captured the imagination of the public who were eager to see Kirk and the crew in present day (1986) San Francisco. Luckily, the film was solid in all aspects and was enjoyed by long-time fans of the series as well. Although the outcome of the film is never in doubt, it never loses the attention of the viewer and entertains throughout. It actually felt fresh and original despite the fact that time travel had been done before (in the TV series) and it was the fourth film in the franchise. Recommended, 8/10.
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A Vivid, Upbeat, Frequently Intelligent and Delightful Sci-Fi Adventure
silverscreen88815 June 2005
The fourth entry in the "Star Trek" movie series is the most popular and unarguably the best-liked of these entertaining movies. It has a fine variety of scenes, intelligent comedy to leaven the more serious adventures. it is fast paced, beautifully directed by Leonard Nimoy who also plays "Spock". What prevented it from being even better perhaps appreciated is a deliberate attempt by the writers to write short, choppy-sentence dialogue that in some scenes does not work as well as more formally-structured words might have worked. The film is bright, the art direction is very good, the music by Leonard Rosenmann is outstanding. And the story line is one of the best that sci-fi filmmakers have yet devised, in my judgment, because it has everything. As Captain James T. Kirk of the 23rd century starship Enterprise, William Shatner acts with unusual intelligence and even strength to get by. As his half-alien First Officer Spock, just recovering from a traumatic experience that caused him to have to be reeducated from ground zero, Leonard Nimoy is even better. Everyone of Jim Kirk's crewmen, including James Doohan as Engineer Montgomer Scott, De Forest Kelley as CMO Leonard McCoy, Nichelle Nichols as Lt. Uhura of Communications, talented George Takei as Helmsman Sulu, and Walter Koenig as Navigator Pavel Chekhov, have good scenes to perform and do them seamlessly and with professional style. Others in the cast including Brock Peters, Jane Wyatt, Mark Lenard, Grace Lee Whitney, Alen Henteloff, Robert Ellenstein and a relative unknown as the earthwoman who becomes enmeshed in the Enterprise officers' mission,are given telling moments. There are many memorable visual moments, including the departure of a stolen Klingon warbird from the planet Vulcan, the near-wreckage of Starfleet Headquarters, the landing of an invisible vessel in Golden Gate Park, a slingshot run around the sun, a descent from the invisible craft to the ground, scenes around the Alameda Navy Yards, a chase in a hospital and scenes at the cetacean Institute all make themselves hard-to-forget. It is the sheer fun and adventure of the storyline--sending a starship back in time to rescue two hump-backed whales and save the earth from alien destruction--that sets this film apart. Ignored by critics who have nearly always ignored sci-fi achievements, this cinematic attainment set a standard for future sci-fi to which hardly any film's maker has yet approached. The revelation of character could have been deeper, but the relevance of every moment to the plot line could hardly have been bettered. Harve Bennett deserves some of the credit for this script's excellences; so do the special-effects creators, since for once in Hollywood, every such effects serve to further the progress the central character and his helpers are making. This is probably a film to be watched over and over; I wish there were more such adult sci-fi efforts that eschew pretension and present so much intelligent dialogue, acting and intriguing "differences".
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This goes to show what you can do with the right people at the helm
ozthegreatat4233011 April 2007
Each of the previous Star Trek films had their moments and they were leading up to this one. With the death and resurrection of Spock, his character was able to become more human. Director Nimoy used this to helm a delightful Trek Episode that was as much fun as the series episode "The Trouble with Tribbles," which was everyone's favorite. This film was allowed to be a lot more general audience friendly as well. The plot was a good one, the script was well written, and there were improvised scenes that helped to move things along quite nicely. I can't help but believe that the Trek movies from here on in would have fared better if Nimoy had continued to direct.
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Anti-Trek Film
Alasdair_Wilkins8 August 2002
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is my favorite Trek movie but one that I say is off-limits when my friends and I discuss which Trek is the best. Quite simply, this movie is not really a Star Trek movie; Star Trek II and III are far better examples of the genre. Of course, that is what makes Star Trek IV such a fantastic movie; it's crazy and hilarious. This movie is also probably the best one for a family to see other than Insurrection, which is a weaker film anyway. The movie does have more profanity than usual, but it is dealt in such a comedic fashion that it is excusable (the whole colorful metaphors thing always makes me laugh). This is a movie that you could put a very mixed crowd in front of and enjoy; you don't have to love Star Trek to love this movie. This movie is also great because the acting has improved immeasurably since the hammy days of Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek - The Motion Picture but everyone has not gone decidedly gray yet. This movie might be looked upon best as a spoof of the genre, but it is not Spaceballs. What this is is a wonderful movie with some great comedy but still some great science fiction ideas (particularly the probe, which is one of the more chilling things I have ever seen in a movie). This was the first Star Trek movie I saw as a child, and it was only until years later that I watched the others. If you have children and want them to introduce them to Star Trek, this is the perfect way. It was for me.

3.5/4 stars
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Time for some colorful metaphors...
gazzo-220 October 1999
This one is great-I remember laughing my butt off the first time I saw it, and it still works now. Very well done, the time travel angle was better handled here then it has been in other Trek films, shows, etc.-and one thing that makes this work is that they didn't take themselves too seriously. What a romp! The crew come back to save the whales so they can save themselves in the future-and make some commentary on 1986, too.

Personally I donno if this is the best of the run-Undiscovered Country and Khan are its main competition-but I applaud them for doing this; and hope they can lighten up the newer generation too now. It is needed.

*** outta ****, good stuff.
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The best of the TOS trek films!!!
justin-fencsak8 April 2019
When this was released in late 1986, a dedication to the challenger victims appeared before the start of the movie to remind moviegoers of that tragedy which happened around the same time that filming began. It set the tone for what is the funniest and heart warming trek movie ever made.
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Admiral, There Be Whales Here!
Rainey-Dawn6 November 2016
I just recently re-watched this one after a long time of no-see and I will say it's still as funny today as it was in 1986! Spock trying to use colorful language, Scotty's "hello computer", Chekhov's problems with the police - on and on... a very unforgettable Star Trek film and still on of my all time favorite movies.

This film involves a probe that shuts things down in the 23rd century - threatening all existence... it simply wants to communicate with whales but there are no whales in the 23rd due to human whale hunting. It's up to Kirk and crew to devise a plan to go back in time in order to obtain a male and a female whale to save life in the 23rd century.

First time viewers: This movie you really don't have to watch parts 1, 2 and 3 to know what's going on in part 4 but I do recommend watching parts 2 and 3 so you will understand the beginning of the film and what's going on with Mr. Spock a lot better.

A fun, fun movie!! 10/10
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The best trek of them all!
jhaggardjr15 July 2000
I'm a big fan of "Star Trek", and the fourth movie in the series, titled "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" is my favorite movie in the series. One of the best things about this film is that the filmmakers went out and did something different compared to the other movies in the series. They made it lighthearted, and it's full of comedy. It lacks the violence of the other movies, but I didn't mind one bit. "Star Trek IV" is about an orbiting probe that is threatening to destroy Earth. The only thing that can respond to the probe is the sounds of humpback whales. Unfortunately, whales don't exist in the 23rd century. So the crew of the Starship Enterprise must travel back in time to retrieve some humpback whales to save Earth. They end up in San Francisco during the year 1986. This is where the movie turns into a comedy, and it's great. It's hard to believe that a "Star Trek" movie can be so funny, but it is. There are a lot of big laughs throughout "Star Trek IV". I mean big laughs. Some of things that the Enterprise crew go through when they get to San Francisco is hilarious. Terrific performances abound, especially by William Shatner as Admiral Kirk, Leonard Nimoy (who also directed) as Captain Spock, and guest star Catherine Hicks as a whale biologist who helps them out. The other cast members come off well here. DeForest Kelley is very funny as Dr. McCoy (Bones); so is James Doohan as Scotty; George Takei, Walter Koenig, and Nichelle Nichols are very good as Sulu, Chekov, and Uhura, respectiably. Every character is very well written in this film. Just about everyone has at least a couple of good scenes, thanks to excellent direction by Nimoy and a good screenplay. Plus, the special effects are impressive (far better than the cheap effects in the next film "Star Trek V"). This is the "Star Trek" movie for everyone. And to me is the best of the series.

**** (out of four)
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Our heroes friends journey back to Earth 20th Century trying to save mankind
ma-cortes9 November 2008
This following from 'The search for Spock'(by Leonard Nimoy), again reunites the cast of the popular television series. This time a weird probe is menacing Earth causing disasters, storms,destruction and broadcasting a sounds that anybody understands. Admiral Kirk, Spock who say goodbye to his Vulcanians parents(Mark Lenard as Sarek,and Jane Wyatt),and Bones(DeForest Kelley 1920-1999)along with the crew, Commander Scotty(James Doohan,1920-2005),Chekov(Walter Koenig),Uhura(Michelle Nichols), Zulu(George Takei), Commander Janice Rand(Grace Lee Whitney) and Dr. Christine Chapel(Majel Barret, married to Gene Roddenberry)must time travel to 1986 San Francisco where they know Dr. Chapel(Catherine Hicks) who help them.The entire crew of the Starship once more boldly go where no man has gone before in this Star Trek adventure.They must locate a humpbacks whales ,extinct in the 20th century, which can respond to strange alien and bring them back to 23rd century Earth. Besides Kirk to face legal charges after his unauthorized assignment. Admiral Kirk is judged by disobeying and degraded as Captain and given command USS Enterprise A , NCC1701.

This appealing, lighthearted entry is fun to watch, and Trekkies are sure to love it and non-fans will most likely find it top-notch. The charming movie is full of enjoyable characters, comedy, and overemphasis on excellent special effects. Entertaining story with intelligent ecological message about a humpbacks whales saving mankind.Evocative musical score with usual leitmotif by Leonard Rosenman. Colorful and glamorous cinematography by Don Petterman. The motion picture is well directed by Leonard Nimoy in his best film. Suitable for family viewing , it's a bemusing adventure which young and old men will enjoy. Fans of the series will find very amusing and fun, but followed by an inferior outing: Star Trek 5: The final frontier(1989) directed by William Shatner.
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Silly but Trek at it's best!
cosmic_quest16 April 2006
'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home' is the most popular of the Trek films and quite right too. Not only does it appeal to both fans and non-fans of the show but it revels in the spirit of what Trek has always been about: how perfect and Utopian the citizens of the twenty-third century are compared to their Neanderthal ancestors of the late twentieth century!

The film sees Kirk and his crew, in disgrace after disobeying Starfleet orders to save Spock following the events of 'Star Trek III: The Search for Spock', travel to 1986 San Francisco to retrieve a pair of hump-back whales, a species extinct by Kirk's era. The whales are the key to communicating with an alien probe that is in the process of destroying Earth. As well as the non-too-subtle eco-message ('don't allow any animal be hunted to extinction as they may save us all in the future!'), there is much fun to be had as Kirk, McCoy, Uhura, Sulu, Scotty and the ever-logical Spock struggle to integrate themselves into most alien situation they have ever been in. They are clueless about exact-change buses, pizzas and why 1986 doctors think it's a good idea to drill into someone's head.

It is very light-hearted at times but I imagine this is the film Gene Roddenberry is most proud of given the way it portrays the best of all our favourite characters and reaches the heart of the ethos of 'Star Trek'. When I first watched this as a child, I wished Kirk would come and let me join him in the twenty-third century. In fact, the only thing that could improve this film would be if the probe had aimed its venegeance entirely at Japan and Norway in retaliation for the sins of these countries' backward twenty-first century 'ancestors'. After all, it's these two countries who will surely bring about the extinction of whales.

While this doesn't delve too much into the mythology and background of Trek, it is a great film and deserves to be counted as the best of the ten films. It is also an excellent option for Trek fans trying to convert friends and family to 'seeing the light' and loving Trek!
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'Star Trek' can't get any better!
jellyneckr17 June 2001
This is without question the best STAR TREK movie in the series. It is full of great special effects, clever dialogue, sharp humor, and absolutely dazzling action sequences. It is the most fun to watch out of all the STAR TREK movies and is the most creative of them too. This is was easily one of the best movies of 1986.
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The Lighter Side of TREK is GREAT Fun...
cariart26 November 2003
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Gene Roddenberry's original Star Trek 'family' fully expected that Paramount would 'pull the plug' and end their series of films after STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK. After all, Spock had died and been reborn, Kirk and the crew were fugitives from the Federation, and the Enterprise itself had been destroyed, with the cast, now the proud owners of a Klingon 'Bird of Prey', staying with Spock's parents, Sarek and Amanda, on Vulcan. Pretty heady stuff for a franchise considered past it's prime, and as the studio seemed to be focusing it's attention on the upcoming 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' television series, which would introduce a younger cast, there was a general feeling that the aging veterans of the first series, now all in their fifties and sixties (with the exception of George Takei, a 'kid' of 46) were overdue to be 'put out to pasture'.

But producer Harve Bennett and Leonard Nimoy had an idea for a 'Trek' film that would be 'hip', lighter-hearted, could 'tie up' the loose ends of the series, and, as the film would be set largely in the 20th century, be both inexpensive to make, and 'audience friendly'. "Inexpensive" was always the key word for Paramount's 'brass', particularly concerning 'Star Trek', and after Bennett and Nimoy made the rounds pitching their script outline, and Nimoy agreed to direct, the project was green-lighted.

The story is simple and straightforward; returning to Earth in the 'Bird of Prey' to face charges for hijacking the Enterprise, and destroying it, Kirk and crew discover that the planet is 'under attack' from a gigantic tube-like object, emitting weird sounds and laser-like beams that are playing havoc on the weather, world-wide. Spock determines that the sounds are the language of humpback whales, a species extinct in the 23rd century, so our heroes slingshot the spaceship back in time to the 20th century, in an attempt to capture a pair of the whales, and bring them 'back to the future'.

As the Klingon ship has a cloaking device that can render it invisible (a wonderful invention that helped keep the FX budget down!), it is easy to 'hide' the spacecraft in a park in mid-eighties San Francisco, and the crew, after a funny sequence strolling the streets of the city, are divided into teams, with Kirk and Spock to procure the whales, McCoy and Scotty to build a tank to house them, Sulu to find a means of getting the tank to the ship, and Uhura and Chekov to siphon off some nuclear fuel (from the U.S.S. Enterprise, no less!) to help power the ship back to the 23rd century. Each team has their own mini-adventure (Kirk and Spock meet whale expert Dr. Gillian Taylor, played by perky Catherine Hicks, who, eventually, insists on accompanying the whales to the future, while sweetly shrugging off Kirk's passes; Scotty has to 'invent' the glass for the tank, potentially rewriting the future; Sulu is like a kid, flying an antique helicopter; and Chekov gets captured, then injured...Chekov is ALWAYS getting injured in the 'Trek' films!...providing McCoy a chance to perform some 'miracles' and criticize 20th century medicine). These vignettes are wonderful, and remind one of what terrific actors the original crew of the Enterprise were.

The Earth is, of course, saved, Kirk is busted from Admiral back to Captain (the rank he was best suited for), Dr. Taylor informs him she's too busy to date (Kirk strikes out???), and the crew is assigned to a new starship...named Enterprise, naturally!

STAR TREK IV, the most popular and successful 'Trek' movie yet made, would have been a fitting conclusion to the adventures of the original cast, but William Shatner, as part of his contract, was promised a writing credit and the director's chair for the next 'Trek' film...
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mattkratz14 March 2001
I liked this movie. It is my favorite Star Trek film. The blend of scifi and comedy works.

Ever been shocked if you visit another country and have to adapt to its culture? Try visiting another time period! That's what Kirk and company do, as they visit 20th century America to retrieve a pair of humpback whales to ward off an alien probe, and you will love their (mis)adventures as they adapt.

*** out of ****
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The Hands-Down Pinnacle of the Star Trek Film Series!
Wuchakk5 January 2012
THE STORY: Kirk and crew must go back in time to late 20th century San Francisco and bring back a couple of humpback whales to save 23rd century Earth from a strange alien space probe that is attempting to commune with whales, but can't because they've become extinct (!!).

The movie's title, "The Voyage Home," is appropriate not only in terms of the film's plot, but also represents the revival of the fun character interplay and spirit of adventure that have endeared the original cast to ever-growing legions of loyal fans (although, admittedly, we enjoyed a nice little dosage of this in the previous film in the series). Shatner referred to this quality as the joy of living. This joyful energy that the characters possess would at times verge on tongue-in-cheek but would never cross the line and the best Star Trek hours include this texture. He pointed out that there's a fine line that the actors and writers have to walk in order to maintain a sense of reality and keep from devolving into camp. They did a fine job of walking this line in The Voyage Home; some of the dialogue and situations are so absolutely absurd that the film is somewhat of a comedy, but the pic strangely maintains a sense of reality throughout, avoiding the rut of camp. (The next film in the series wouldn't be as successful in this regard).

One amusing recurring theme is the characters' attempts to add profanities to their every-day speech in order to fit into present-day America. Their efforts are noble but it goes without saying that they fail abysmally, especially Spock. Kirk's first attempt is in response to a cab driver who calls him a "Dumbass!" for walking in front of his cab. Kirk responds by giving a quick uncertain glance at his comrades and then spouting, "Well, a double 'dumbass' on you!"

The cast members have unanimously expressed that The Voyage Home was the best Star Trek feature film, or at least one of the best. Nichelle Nichols felt the first movie was certainly good science fiction but it wasn't a faithful adaption of the television Star Trek (i.e. it lacked the action, humor and character interplay), the second film was centered around Spock dying and the third around bringing him back to life. She pointed out how there was never enough time to introduce the qualities that made Star Tek on TV so great. She believed these qualities successful came to the fore with The Voyage Home.

FINAL ANALYSIS: Everything magically comes together on this fourth film outing to give us a tale every bit as good as the best TV episodes. In fact, it's BETTER because it's a feature film and looks so good (unlike the cheap sets of the original three-year TV run). I gotta hand it to Leonard Nimoy for coming up with such an intriguingly bizarre and original tale involving humpback whales that communicate with aliens. If I didn't know better I'd think he was influenced by some trippy foreign substance. Needless to say, the film's great fun and grand entertainment of the highest order -- even if you're not a Trek fan. In other words, this is the most accessible of the feature films for non-Trekkers.

FINAL WORD: Without a doubt, the best of the film series -- the most entertaining, the most popular and the most profitable.
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Great Comedy and well deserved rest away from the drama.
jed-estes28 August 2006
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This film is comedy at it's best. Who ever came up with the idea of sending the Enterprise crew into the past is a genius and should be hugged because as far as I am concerned Star Trek is lacking comedy. At the time of this film's release comedy was somewhat uncharted territory for the persons involved with Trek. At this point there been three comedic episodes in the original series produced and they were Mudd's Women, I Mudd, and the legendary The Trouble with Tribbles episode. Everything else in the saga had been drama based and sometimes dull if it was androgenic , which fortunately Star Trek did deliver most of the time on there drama based episodes it just became rhetoric and in need of change. And change is what this film is. It takes all the heated battles and death from the previous three films and says lets take a brake and laugh. The most comedic element of this film is when Chekov goes around asking random people to take him to the Nuclear Weesle's, comedy gold is what that scene is. I laugh every time I think about it. The whole plot with the whales is cool and makes sense in the grand scheme of the Trek universe. I wish more Trek movies and episodes would go in to this territory of comedy. There is always the chuckle here and there from the light hearted banter of the ships crew, but rarely in any of the follow up shows have the went for the jugular on comedy. If Star Trek would do this I think it would draw in new crowds and we would not have to worry about J. J Abrahams ruining this beloved franchise that has forty years of history. Watch this movie and laugh.
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amazing movie, and I think the best one.
neighborlee11 May 2008
This movies exemplifies not only the virtues as a society we need to embrace ( moving to non-monetary society, and protecting animals, instead of exploiting them ) , but it also enlists comedy to help drive home the point that our society is headed in the wrong direction.

This is the one movie that I would refer friends and first time trek fans ( any non trek fans left ? ) to as it embraces everything that 'starfleet' stands for, and in the real world that is a good thing.

When we live in a world where basic needs of health and happiness are met [ we all need to adjust ], and teach our children to respect animals not hunt them, as only then will we find our true humanity, the one path God set us on in the beginning, and I think this movie does a wonderful job of illustrating that with just a touch of humor thrown in for humility .

This movie encapsulates everything a passionate society stands for as it allows us to embrace the Heartseed , a non-violent coexistent stance with our world.
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Silly but fun and even more enjoyable after the straight-laced part 3.
bob the moo18 January 2004
Still on the Vulcan planet awaiting repairs to their captured Klingon ship, Kirk and his crew are summoned to earth by the Federation to stand trial for making Star Trek 3 so very dull. However a deep space probe is approaching earth sending out a communication signal that is disrupting power and damaging the whole planet. When they find that the signal relates to the now extinct humpback whale, Kirk decides to travel back in time to the 1980's to recover and bring back a whale.

Part 2 of the series is easily my favourite to this day of the Star Trek movies, so part 3 was a major problem, being so very dull and heavy, but part 4 was an improvement simply because it was so much more light hearted and fun. The plot is potentially very silly and a barely hidden ecological subtext that threatens to sink the film, but it is delivered with tongue in cheek and it is that saves it. The mocking humour is gentle and really carries the film as fish-out-of-water gags abound and the contrast between the crew and their surroundings is used well.

While the plot is nonsense, the cast all enjoy themselves in whatever roles the script gives them. Shatner has the biggest role of course but has the least fun as he has to carry the unlikely love interest. Nimoy is good fun despite having a follow on from the last film that is a little heavy and he does a steady job as director. The rest of the crew have small roles but each is funny - whether it's Chekov appearing to be a communist spy, McCoy berating modern doctors as the Spanish inquisition and Sulu happily flying helicopters for some reason.

Overall this is not the best Star Trek film as it lacks any real action, excitement or tension, but what it lacks in this area it makes up for in terms of gentle laughs. Looking at it alone it is only reasonable but after watching the dull `Search for Spock' this is a fun relief.
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Who would have thought the best Star Trek film would be the one with a sense of humor?
toqtaqiya221 August 2010
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is a delightful film. A large alien probe threatens the Earth, and the officers of the USS Enterprise have to travel back in time in order to save the day. In my opinion the special effects, by Industrial Light & Magic, were the best yet for a Star Trek film. Leonard Nimoy's direction is a definite benefit. While the story is quite simple the dialogue and character interactions are witty and entertaining. The scenes where the officers make their way in the San Francisco of the past were a joy to watch. It's clear that the actors were having a good time during filming. The Voyage Home is notable for being the first film to raise the issue of whale hunting. Whales, like many other species, have been hunted to near extinction by man. This important message is clearly expressed in the film. If that weren't enough there's also a fitting ending. The Voyage Home is entertaining and thought-provoking, one of the very best Star Trek films (I think it's the best). Discussions about interstellar politics are almost absent here. I highly recommend seeing it.
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The best movie in the original saga "Star Trek".
afonsobritofalves8 January 2019
Warning: Spoilers
This movie was practically perfect, they managed to make the best continuation that could do after the success of "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock". The film had fantastic actors, good special effects, good storyline and a fantastic soundtrack. I just think that they could explore a little more the disasters they were doing to the land and the process of the admiral, but beyond that, the movie was fantastic. Highly recommend.
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The Best of the Original Crew
Hitchcoc2 December 2018
I left the theater years ago, feeling so good about this movie. It had everything I wanted. A fascinating plot. A sense of humor. A task that needed to be done with ingenuity. Spock's evolution after the events of the Third film are quite interesting. It also fit into a kind of reverence for the humpbacked whales that were a part of our culture at the time. What really makes the film is these people of the future, coming to a scientifically sophisticated era, but still having to treat it like it was a medieval time. Also, the culture in San Francisco was a puzzle to them.
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The Star Trek Saga at its Best
martinxperry-148684 July 2018
This has everything. It begins with the Federation wanting to hang Kirk for stealing and losing the fabled Enterprise. Kirk and his crew aboard their hi-jacked bird of prey save Earth from instant death, a punishment for killing all the Humpback Whales. A heroic mission begins right where the last one left off. To save the Earth the crew travels back in time to find some Humpback Whales, George and a pregnant Gracie, then bring them forward to their current Star Date. There is humor, and sillyness that gives this edition a lovely light hearted feel that only Kirk and his crew can do. Sit back and watch this one. Grab a DVD because you will want watch this time traveling romp more than once. Live long and prosper, Kirk out.
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