Star Trek Reviews
The story is good and the jokes hit the mark about 80% of the time, but the cast is where it's at. Chris Pine is makes for an entertainingly arrogant Kirk, and Heroes' Zachary Quinto is fine as Spock, but I'm all about the supporting cast, especially Zoe Saldana's strong Uhura, Karl Urban's (The Lord of the Rings) suprisingly funny take on Bones McCoy, and the pies de resistance, Simon Pegg, underused but awesome, as Scotty. If you've seen Shaun of the Dead and/or Hot Fuzz, you know Simon Pegg is the shiz. The Leonard Nimoy cameo is perfect, the action thrilling. My grade: A
Soooo much better then the TV show
They should stop going back in time. Go forward - that's what WE as audiance want. Enterprise got bad ratings, and was cancelled, I think mostly in part because they went back in time. You can't do that, and have canonical continuity. I'll see the movie because I am a Trek-a-holic. But I'll rate it fairly.
They start off with the extremely convenient plot point of a time travelling Romulan leading us to multiple timelines. This helps eradicate any fandom issues, giving the writers a clean slate. Smart.
Even with a separate timeline, the main fan worry was probably the casting of a new Spock. Zachary Quinto is amazing. He really was built to play this role. Stepping in to such big shoes had to be overwhelming and nerve-wracking but he doesn't just pull this off, he embodies Spock. Chris Pine plays Kirk well, he's brash and cocky, smart-mouthed and suave. The rest of the supporting cast, Saldana, Urban (especially), Pegg, Yelchin and Cho also step into their roles and execute them with great aplomb.
The story is good here, the early years of the Enterprise crew that we all know well. The dialogue is fast-paced, full of in-jokes and references for the die-hard fans. The CGI is good, it had to be. The villain (Bana) is good and I didn't even recognise him on first or second viewing.
A strong start to the rebooted series of films.