Star Trek: The Motion Picture is pretentious, ham-fisted drek. I said everything I needed to say about Gene Roddenberry’s misbegotten space opus in my rewatch review here (read it, it’s quite well done), but I’m not the only one with an opinion.
Barring some of his typical “just not paying attention” quibbles, he’s mostly correct. It is long and boring, and for just the cited reason: 2001. Roddenberry seems to want his outing to be as operatic and landmark a movie as Kubrick’s space yarn, but the material just won’t support such a tale, instead it comes of as portentous and pretentious.
Plus, the uniforms.
I mean, basically everything about the interior of the ship is ugly, but the uniforms (complete with belly boxes of unknown function)…