I saw the new Star Trek movie last night. Summary: Great !
As an admitted avid star trek fan I *have* to see these movies, no questions asked. But I admit that many of them have left me disappointed. Nay, almost ALL of them have left me disappointed.
This one, no. Its great. Not "mind shattering" great, but "good movie" great.
No spoilers here, but JJ Abrams did a great job. I was worried because on the Steven Colbert show he admitted he was not originally a Star Trek fan .. *gasp* ... how can you make a star trek movie without being a fan ? That's like making Life of Jesus movie without being Christian!
But I was happy. Good action, decent (although not mind blowing) plot. Overall good characters. A strange mix of Nostalgia, which surprised me because these were NOT the same actors (except *spoiler alert* one ...) as in any previous star trek movie or show, but they captured the essence of the characters extremely well, even perhaps better then the originals. How can that be ? I dont know ! But every one of the main characters, including Spock , Kirk, Uhura , Chekhov, Sulo, Scotty and Bones were all just a bit *more real* and *more essential* then the originals. Really quite amazing and almost brought a tear.
And on the other hand, my 9 year old son who has never seen a star trek show or movie, and who didn't want to go because it was going to be boring and stupid, loved it. So somehow the show, while it had huge nostalgia points, and lots of subtle hints of the old stuff , didn't rely on them. It worked as a movie on its own.
Great job. I hope they keep them coming ... it certainly was setup as a start of a "Next Next Generation" of movies.