Basically The Stuff meets Troll 2, but for my money not quite as entertaining as either. Apart from Dan O'Herlihy, the actors (robot and otherwise) do nothing but stare into space the whole time, sucking the energy outta the scenes. There's some fun crap, and the whole plot is colossally goofy, but moment-to-moment it's kinda boring.
The potential of the characters and their energetic performances is pretty much nullified by the abysmally yawns-worthy macguffin and villain and action and overall conflict. Lin's action was way better in his F&F movies. The second act is cool, when the characters are gallivanting around the set of a TV episode, but whenever Krall shows up or does anything, it's booooooring. At one point Scotty says, of an old starfleet ship thought lost, "there are stories of what happened to it, that it was" perhaps "captured by a giant green space hand." And I thought, why isn't this that movie :/
Can be quaint and heavy on exposition, and its on-the-nose preaching about race relations is pretty simple (especially next to Zootopia), buuut it's gorgeous looking and charming as heck and is ultimately held up (much like Zootopia) by a strong central duo. Lovely innit
Starts out a bit rough, ends reaaaaally rough, but most things in between are real solid . Goodman steals the show utterly next to the costars, but the sound and editing and Goodman are subtly playful and keep the tension from getting monotonous. But still wtf is with the post-third act act, ugh. Chop that shite off.
Suffers from cramming two core plot arcs into one running time, suffocating scenes and characters that should have had more breathing room. Buuuuuut still plenty of fun and charming and gorgeously lit. Makes a pretty ballsy move halfway thru that's cool and pretty innovative, but that's kinda undermined by some follow-up on-the-nose explanatory voice-over, and it doesn't really have the guts to follow thru on that plot turn's promise. Still defo Disney's best since Frozen and I'll prolly like it more a second time, and better than anything Pixar's put out since who knows when and who cares cuz they stink nowadays.