I did my best not to read the reviews about Star Trek, however as I sat in the theatre nearly everyone around me was saying how good they heard this film was. Everyone was positively excited about this momentous event in filmmaking history.
The film was good I thought, not great. The only film of recent memory that has actually lived up to and exceeded its hype in my book was Batman The Dark Knight. That was a great film.. Before that it was T2. So, compared to those films, Star Trek was entertaining and fun just not great.
Tthe actors were fantastic - which was best part of the film for me, the set design was well done, cinematography was a little hyperkinetic, but cool. It's quite difficult for me to knock this film, since it's so polished and pretty. However, on some gut level I had problems with the story and pacing. Just something about the film, I didn't feel it was grand enough and the comic relief was injected a little too much on point. It felt like Transformers with a lot of cool stuff and then points that make you go 'what?', 'okay whatever' wrapped in really pretty packaging and shot out at warp speed so fast that there's not much time to think - which may be by design.
SPOILER ALERT, don't read on if you don't want to know... I have a personal peeve about the whole time travel thing. I'm 50/50 on it. I think it's an interesting way to reboot the series; tactically it's very smart. However, at the same time, I feel like it invalidates all the previous Star Trek stories I've watched. Like nothing I saw was 'original'. This Kirk, Spock and all the crew members are not the same characters that I remember and grew up with (I say that loosely, since I'm not nearly qualified to be a true Trekkie). So it was a bit of a disconnect for me, because they're using short hand based on the original characters for these people who aren't the real people. Why is Tarzan who he is? Because he grew up in the jungles and not in the city. (I do apologize for using a fictional character to get my point across).
I also thought it was really weird to have both Spocks present and the older one goes to start his own planet. I'm surprised then that there's not a whole bunch of duplicate selves around the universe. Also thought that weird alien who came with Scotty was just odd and only served as some bizarre comic relief (injected in). Then Kirk just happens to fall into the exact same hole that the real Spock was in? This opens up a whole can of worms with the philosophy of destiny and choice. I'm not going to get into that.
What's up with the red matter stuff? Star Trek is known to have serious sci-fi technological underpinnings. This (Red Matter) was one of those things, that they just seemed like the they needed a good plot device to get the story going, so they just created this stuff that by not saying what it is scientifically would not come under fire of scrutiny (cuz you can't fight something that isn't there). Hmm...red for red herring? Perhaps I've just gotten too used to Battlestar Galactica where everything was huge and operatic.? Not sure. I suppose had I lessened my expectations I may have enjoyed it more, maybe rated it half a point higher. The purpose of my jumbled disorganized review is to hopefully knock your expectations down a bit so you'll enjoy the film more. Live long and prosper.