Posted on 5/07/09 08:14 PM
Although a fan of the franchise, I had actually seen very little of the original series. Even so, I had no troubles in feeling engaged with this movie. Early on you're pulled into the action and emotions. The characters are as lovable as they are in the previous movies, if not more so. You experience the events as the characters do, and you root along with them the entire way. Even those new to Star Trek won't feel alienated (if you'll excuse the pun) from feeling bonded to the characters.
The film managed to strike a good balance between 'updating' it for younger, new viewers, while also respecting the classic series itself. Like other Star Trek films, there's the sense of action and adventure with a good dose of humor throughout. At the same time, however, it has a younger feel, especially in certain scenes, that fit more with the style of recent movies. The acting was wonderful, and the characters were portrayed just as everyone remembers them.
The directing was smooth and fast-paced. The special effects were extremely abundant, yet they didn't have the effect as experienced in recent Star Wars movies. Despite filling the screen with dazzling visuals and epic detailed shots, it didn't distract you from the story.
Overall, a very enjoyable film that isn't restricted to Trekkies only, but anyone just so slightly interested in science fiction. Now we've only got to wait for a sequel.