Documentary Review: For the Love of Spock
Being a huge Star Trek fan since I was a kid (The Original Series especially), it was a great thrill to have the opportunity to review the documentary “For the Love of Spock”. Directed by Adam Nimoy, it is about his father Leonard, who portrayed the character-turned-pop icon for over 45 years.
With the help of a clip from the sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”, we’re told that the purpose of this film is about Mr. Spock and his impact on our culture – which is true, as it chronicles the introduction of Spock into the national spotlight, right through to the character’s death and beyond. However, interwoven throughout is also the story about what it took to bring this character TO the screen; the impact it had on Nimoy’s career, his personal life, and most notably his family. Therein lies what many of us can identify with, the relationship between father and son – between parent and child.
With the help of interviews with William Shatner, Walter Koenig, George Takei, Jason Alexander, Neil Degrasse Tyson and the cast of the newest Star Trek films (among others), a tapestry of Nimoy’s life is woven together. Complete with behind-the-scenes photos, clips of Nimoy’s earliest roles, and of course, scenes from Star Trek: The Original Series and the movies.
Enlightening, funny, sad and touching – if you are a fan of Star Trek, Mr. Spock or Leonard Nimoy, this is a must watch.
VOD release available for purchase from We Are Colony.