As perhaps made most popular by The Big Bang Theory, Leonard Nimoy’s son Adam brings us this documentary about the legacy of Spock. Originally intended as a celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, it is also about the life of Leonard Nimoy, his work ethic and his relationship with his family, since Mr. Nimoy passed away before the documentary was completed.
This is an accomplished, coherent documentary about both Spock and Leonard Nimoy and its “narrative” includes various chapters that flow effortlessly and which are always interesting and relevant. Nimoy (Adam, that is) gives equal attention to both the life of his father (exploring how he started out, how he was a true “renaissance man”, his hobbies and his relationship with his family) and the cultural impact of Spock. Obviously having the inside track with his familial relation, the film is informative and coherently tells the story of both Nimoy (Leonard, that is) and Spock.
There is a whole host of interviewees who were clearly proud to be part of this documentary; we see the family (Leonard’s sister, aunt and uncle and Adam himself), original series cast members, the cast of the rebooted film series, NASA employees, network executives, celebrity fans (including Jason Alexander, who knows all the dialogue and gives an impressive Shatner impression!), convention attendees and, amazingly, cast and crew of The Big Bang Theory! This wide array of people keeps things interesting and it is always great to hear from them.
The film is also technically impressive, featuring people transporting out of photographs and the like, and the effects that are utilized in this documentary keep it fresh, modern and exciting. There’s even a part where the crew of the Enterprise watch Leonard Nimoy’s “Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” on the bridge viewscreen, completely bamboozled and confused (which is understandable since, if you’ve seen the music video, you’ll know that its hilariously bad!) On that note, the film has plenty of humour as well as emotion and moving moments.