The birthday boy for August 26 is Chris Pine.
I thought that Pine did a fine job in “Star Trek,” although I didn’t like the film nearly as much as I thought I would. I’ve always been a big “Star Trek” fan, but I haven’t been nearly as excited by the projects of J. J. Abrams, the film’s director. I find a distinct lack of “joy” in his projects. Believe me, I enjoy the “menace” within his best work, but I believe that he can get himself lost in the storyline, like a Hitchcock wannabe without Hitchcock’s delightful sense of self-awareness. It can be exhausting for the viewer.
That’s not Pine’s fault, though. He’s a decent journeyman-type actor. As I mention over and over again, Virgo natives make terrific employees. His portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk was probably the performance Abrams wanted to see. I can’t blame him for that.