I went into this one not being sure I’d like it. Unlike many people, I’m a Trek fan who just isn’t all that enamored with how dark the whole enterprise of Star Trek has become in the JJ Abrams regime. But the timing worked, so I went to see it.
First off, I thought the actors have done an outstanding job inhabiting their characters. Well other than Uhura, whose love affair with Spock I simply don’t buy and find really, really petulant and distracting. It took a while for this one to warm up for me, but it’s clear they did a lot of things to keep the “die hard” Trek fans engaged down to the detail of the uniforms to the designs of the U.S.S. Enterprise. All of these accouterments were appreciated.
As for the story, this film is taking us back to the origins of Khan and how we arrived at his wrath in the first place. I find this interesting, but the story was sort of dragged for a while and frustrated at others. There’s entirely too much destruction for the sake of it in these films that I have to get used to.
But about halfway through, it starts feeling like Star Trek.
The whole thing wrapped up a bit too neatly for my tastes, but it does explain how Captain Kirk became such a respected member of Starfleet for his heroism and actions under fire. Which one can appreciate.
If you’re looking for a good sci-fi romp, appreciate Star Trek or just want to see a decent storyline and some explosions, the new Star Trek acquits itself well in that area. I didn’t love it by any stretch, but walked away feeling like the entire team did a very good job of creating a movie for “everyone” while giving Trek fans a chance to relive the new adventures of their longtime heroes.
It’s a delicate balancing act and they’ve managed to stick the landing once again.