For the Love of Spock (2016)

Review by CJ


Adam Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy, Adam Nimoy, Julie Nimoy, Mel Nimoy, Sybil Nimoy, William Shatner, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, J.J. Abrams

Other notable appearances:
Mayim Bialik, Jim Parsons, Jason Alexander, Catherine Hicks, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Prady

Running time:
111 minutes


For the Love of Spock is a documentary on Star Trek’s Spock, an homage to Leonard Nimoy and his career, and an exploration by his son of their relationship.

One of the first things that I found myself loving about For the Love of Spock is that it’s real. It doesn’t feel like a documentary about a Hollywood actor, despite often referencing the fame Leonard Nimoy found. It just feels like a group of friends getting together to talk about someone they loved and admired.

Viewers are shown behind the scenes both in Leonard Nimoy’s home life and his contributions to his most beloved character. Friends, colleagues and family of the actor, are interviewed by Adam Nimoy to give him and the viewers further insight on his father’s life and passions.

The interviews conducted by Adam Nimoy are nestled within a treasure trove of clips from Leonard Nimoy’s prolific career, primarily focusing on his portrayals of Spock, and interviews that the senior Nimoy conducted throughout his life.

Overall, For the Love of Spock is a wonderful assembly of clips from Star Trek, snippets from the rest of Leonard Nimoy’s extensive career, home videos and photos, and interviews with the man himself and those closest to him. I would primarily recommend For the Love of Spock for Trekkies and Leonard Nimoy fans. Other viewers who may find it enjoyable would be documentary and film buffs who enjoy biographies.

5 Stars

“I have been, and always shall be, your friend.”

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