Movie review of “For the Love of Spock”: Adam Nimoy has created a love letter and final farewell to his famous father, Leonard Nimoy. Rating: 3.5 stars out of 4.
Adam Nimoy’s original idea for the documentary “For the Love of Spock” was to take a detailed look at the character that his father, Leonard Nimoy, had created on the TV series “Star Trek.” Spock is one of the most iconic TV characters of all time, and the film fills in details of how the character came into being and grew into such a beloved figure.
The filmmaker accomplishes this and, in the process, gives “Star Trek” fans a comprehensive story of everything from the struggle to create the right look for Spock’s ears to how Nimoy came up with the idea for the Vulcan greeting of “live long and prosper.” It is a fascinating look at the acting process.
Movie Review ★★★½
‘For the Love of Spock,’ a documentary directed by Adam Nimoy. 110 minutes. Not rated. SIFF Cinema Uptown.
Adam Nimoy uses a wealth of film footage and photographs, and interviews from those who watched Nimoy create the character to those who saw his last portrayals. Leonard Nimoy’s superb work and strong work ethic are praised by everyone from William Shatner to Zachary Quinto. But that was a source of pain for the family he often ignored for work.
Whether it was intentional or not, Adam Nimoy has also created a love letter and final farewell from a son to his famous father. The film reveals that the pair had monumental differences that pushed them apart. Reconciliation came before Leonard Nimoy passed away in 2015.
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It’s also a parallel to a letter the director got from his father that the documentarian reads throughout the film. The letter is full of raw emotions.
The emotions help keep “For the Love of Spock” from being just another hypefest regarding a popular part of pop culture. Fans of the show and the character of Spock get plenty of insider information, which is balanced with glimpses into the actor’s home life and how things that happened there were not always logical.
Emotions can also cloud judgments. The filmmaker skips past some major negative moments, such as Leonard Nimoy writing the book “I Am Not Spock.” The film also plays it safe with the actor’s drinking problem.
But these are only minor glitches in what is a beautifully crafted salute to a pop-culture icon. It’s rich and warm, funny and touching, thought provoking and nostalgic.