Sunday, June 12, 2016

To Be Takei (2014)

Director: Jennifer M. Kroot

Composer: Michael Hearst

Starring: George Takei, Brad Takei, Walter Koenig, William Shatner, John Cho, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Howard Stern, Wil Wheaton, BD Wong

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A star's trek for life, liberty and love.

Plot: A look at the many roles played by eclectic 77-year-old actor/activist George Takei, whose wit, humor and grace have helped him to become an internationally beloved figure and Internet phenomenon with 7-million Facebook fans and counting.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? No.

In the past decade George Takei has had a popularity resurgence since coming out as gay and throwing his infectious charm and personality out for everyone to see.  He's fun and full of optimism that comes through every time you see him.  It's as if he's has to force himself from smiling.  This film lets us hang out with him in all manner of places.  We learn about his childhood and the internment camps during WWII, his career and post-STAR TREK world.  His husband, Brad, gets his time, too, offering a more grounded look at the man.  It's well worth a look. 

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