Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Who Played It Best? Captain James T. Kirk

Who Played It Best? Captain James T. Kirk
"Who Played It Best?" will be a weekly poll on my blog. Each Wednesday, I will collect a group of actors known for playing the same character in the movies. You will have the entire week to vote for who you felt played the character the best. I will announce the winner next Wednesday.

Tonight, a legend of science fiction goes head-to-head with himself. I know you will probably tell me how William Shatner played Captain James T. Kirk on television, but the original Star Trek cast made about six movies together, and Shatner even appeared in one of the Next Generation films that were made sometime in the 1990s. Chris Pine has made two movies as the character, starting with the 2009 reboot. Pine has only two movies under his belt, while Shatner has roughly seven films under his belt. I have no clue if that makes a difference whatsoever, but it could. 

I always enjoyed the Star Trek movies. Growing up as a huge fan of science fiction in general, I always was drawn to it, even if I was a casual fan. My dad always said that science fiction futures were always negative, but Star Trek made that untrue. Star Trek featured a future where we didn't blow ourselves up, we didn't destroy our planet, we didn't lose lives in a huge, galactic war. We came together and began discovering the far reaches of space. I always liked Star Trek a lot for that, I liked how positive a future it pasted for us. I always thought Captain James T. Kirk was a really cool character, somebody that was easy to be drawn too. I feel both Shatner and Pine did that well, in their own rights of course.

My Two Cents
This is a tough decision for me, which is part of the reason why I chose to take up this blog. I need more perspectives on these questions of who played who the best. This is an extra tough decision because the Kirk's that have been portrayed in the movies. The Shatner version of the character knew his father, he was greatly inspired by him. Not only that, but the early "Star Trek" films were space opera swashbucklers. They were high in adventure, deep in spirit, full of glory. The reboot is a totally different animal. In the first film, Kirk's dad dies in mere minutes of James T. Kirk being born. Pine's version of the character never knew his father, and that clearly affected the way this Kirk grew up. I understand why Paramount made the choice, they did it so that they could go in any direction creatively without ruining the continuity Shatner's version created. Pine's version also paints Kirk as more of an action hero, somebody who is more reckless. Pine's version is also showing us a very early Kirk, a version that we never saw with Shatner, a young up-and-coming Captain. So does Pine get an edge for portraying a version of the character we never saw with Shatner? 

As last week, you will have until next Wednesday to vote. Please let me know, who played Captain James T. Kirk the best? William Shatner or Chris Pine?

LAST WEEK: WHO PLAYED IT BEST? BATMAN
Our first "Who Played It Best" took place last week. It was between Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale over who played Batman best. The voting is over, the results are in and the winner is...

Michael Keaton!

Michael Keaton has been awarded the best Batman by you, with a little over 59% of the vote.

TO VOTE BETWEEN CHRIS PINE AND WILLIAM SHATNER FOR CAPTAIN JAMES T. KIRK, REPLY TO THIS BLOGPOST OR EMAIL ME (bloggershawn@gmail.com). PLEASE DO THIS BY NEXT WEDNESDAY!

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