Running Time: 111 minutes
Director: Adam Nimoy
Cast: Leonard Nimoy, Adam Nimoy, William Shatner, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Jim Parsons, Jason Alexander, Neil deGrasse Tyson and J.J. Abrams.
An examination of the enduring appeal of Leonard Nimoy and his portrayal of Spock in Star Trek
Leonard Nimoy is best-known to many as Mr. Spock on Star Trek, the Half Vulcan/Half Human Science-Officer onboard the USS Enterprise. His death in 2015 is still an open wound for many Trekkies around the world and this documentary directed and produced by his son Adam Nimoy attempts to showcase not only the importance of the character his father played, but also the man behind those iconic pointy ears.
Conceived before Leonard’s death, Adam’s documentary originally set out to chronicle the impact his father’s character had upon both science-fiction and popular culture. Following his father’s death the documentary took on a much more poignant and personal approach as Adam reflects upon his relationship with his father.
The documentary is as much about Adam as it is about Leonard and by taking that approach we get a greater insight into the man himself. We get to see what kind of man Leonard was at home, someone who struggled to balance his celebrity status and private family life with the phenomenal level of fame the character of Spock brought him.
You can clearly feel Adam’s love for his father within this film, but not only that but you also get to understand how his father’s fame affected the father/son dynamic. It’s clear that the two didn’t always have the best of relationships, but Adam clearly has a huge degree of admiration for his father’s legacy and proud to be part of it.
Many of Nimoy’s fellow Star Trek cast-members like William Shatner and George Takei feature within the documentary, reflecting upon their memories of working together onset and their relationship with the man. Adam even reaches out to newer cast members like Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto, who took over the role of Spock in the newer cinematic universe.
Quinto in particular talks about the friendship that developed between the two men as they worked together and how Nimoy helped ease his concerns about taking over such an iconic role. There are also interviews with cast-members of The Big Bang Theory who discuss the character’s impact upon popular culture.
Thoroughly enjoyable and deeply poignant this film is a great tribute to Nimoy and his lasting legacy, but the personal nature of the documentary broadens its appeal beyond hard-core Trekkies.
For The Love of Spock is an emotional and affectionate documentary that explores the legacy of a true legend from a very personal point of view.