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For the Love of Spock

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Moving Nimoy docu has some language, other iffy stuff.

Movie NR 2016 111 minutes
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Adam Nimoy directed this basic but very loving tribute to his father, daring to get a little more personal and a little less reverential than the average Star Trek fan might have. For the Love of Spock uses all the typical documentary techniques, including clips from movies and TV shows, photos, advertising materials, vintage interviews, speaking engagements, and recordings. There are also new interviews; the younger Nimoy began interviewing his father for this film before he died, so there's plenty of fresh material.

Some of this is quite moving, including the way the film charts the downs as well as the ups of Adam and Leonard's father-son relationship. But where the film really takes off is when the younger Nimoy's interviews with those who knew his father become a little more unguarded and personal. Clearly, Leonard Nimoy affected these folks strongly, and the sting of his death was still fresh when they we interviews were recorded, so their words are truly heartfelt and passionate. In the end, Nimoy's longtime friend and co-star William Shanter describes him in one word: "love."

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