Summary: Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the rest of the original crew of the Enterprise meet for the first time, again.
Thoughts: This movie is excellent, no matter how you look at it. It’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s action-packed. Does it force you to think about issues in a different light, as “true science fiction” is supposed to? No, but I don’t think it needed to do that at this point. That’s what the inevitable sequels are for.
Overall, its an origin story. But unlike most movies focusing on the origin of characters you know, besides the fact that these characters are different versions of the ones you may know, I believe the movie stands on its own without considering anything that came before it or what might come after it. It’s fun and unpredictable, with an amazing cast and special effects. The whole thing (sound design, production design, costume design, characterization, plot) keeps enough of what made The Original Series and its characters great while changing things enough to keep even the most die hard Trekkie interested in what’s going to happen. It also managed to give every crew member (especially the usually underused Chekov and Uhura) an opportunity to contribute more than in any Star Trek (movie or episode) before, which is an impressive feat.
Honestly, the stuff that I explained in my PREVIEW was the only part that really bothered me. After seeing the movie, I can see that they could have marketed and sold this movie as a reboot of the franchise (like Casino Royale) and the general audience would be fine with it. Adding the elements from the “Prime” reality and having to explain what happened in the future (and having to explain that its not the future of what we’re watching now) slowed the film down a bit toward the middle, but it does tie into the plot directly and allow 40 years of Trek history not to be erased. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the concept, I just think it could have been handled a bit differently.
Some people may complain about the coincidences that led to everyone being at the right place at the right time. I’d admit that some of it was a stretch, but unlike most origin stories, we didn’t have to spend the whole movie maneuvering to get to certain positions to make a difference; they were all thrust into the positions, through coincidence or willpower or simply because they belonged in those positions. And that’s good enough for me.
Usually during movies, no matter how much I look forward to them, part of me is wondering how long its been on and how much is left in the movie. That didn’t happen in this movie. I got lost in the film, and even thought I knew the basics of what was going to happen because I can’t resist spoilers, I was still surprised and pleased every second. That’s the sign of a good movie, at least to me.
Overall: A fun movie for all audiences.
Don’t forget to go here for the Trekkie-fied spoiler companion to this review.