Sorry, this does not cut it.DISCLAIMER: You'd think I'd label myself a Trekkie. I'm not. I have never been anywhere near a Trek convention. I actively avoid those Star Trek paperbacks at the used book store. I don't own a communicator pin or any Spock ears. However I'm old enough to have seen the entire progress of each show from beginning to end.
I could not buy Zachary Quinto as Spock, no way, no how. It looked like Quinto was trying really hard not to move his face. That's not acting. He wasn't Spock. I could see him pretending to be Spock. And speaking of acting...the acting was very uneven, even forced. I felt sorry for the guy who had to play Dr. McCoy. I think he gave it his best college try, but using Bones' syntax and inflections (and I thought he did a good job of that) doesn't make up for poor writing and directing.
The plot was one big cheat. A separate timeline due to a screw-up in the space-time continuum? It's the old "and then I woke up" thing. Cheap.
I loved Simon Pegg as Scotty, mainly because he acted like himself, instead of trying to re-create Officer Scott. And at least he had a better Scottish accent than our late, lamented Engineer.
The sets would have been fab if they were trying to make a Star Trek movie set in the far future. But this was supposed to be back when Jim Kirk was a youngster. The fancy bridge on the Enterprise was far more advanced-looking than the bridge on the Next Generation series. Which makes no sense. Not that I expected the funky sets from the original series, but it made me wonder if the set designers had ever really seen Star Trek before.
I didn't care for the Romulan pirates, either. They didn't look like Romulans. They looked very cool and dangerous, yes. But their ship, and their makeup and costuming looked like nothing we'd ever seen in any Star Trek movie. You would think they wouldn't try to change the physical look of an entire race! It reminded me of how Klingons used to look like bad guy movie Russians in the first show, and then suddenly they had major physical changes in TNG. I remember someone asking Worf about it, and he replied, "We do not talk about it."
It feels to me that there were too many people working on this project who either didn't get a clear idea of what the vision was, or that the vision was seriously out of touch with what Star Trek is all about. "Let's make a bunch of money!" I can hear the producers now. The real Star Trek isn't about action, it's about people, like all good stories. Sure, there were sops to Spock struggling with his Vulcan traditions, there was a bit about Kirk being too impetuous, but not much, really. This Star Trek movie was all about blowing things up, when you get right down to it. You might as well go watch "Transformers" if you want that.
And let's talk about Spock and Uhura making out. Please. Make. It. Stop. I was startled at how nauseated it made me. It was just so wrong. And not only were they sucking face, they were sucking face in front of the whole crew. It just didn't fit.
Best part of the movie? Seeing Leonard Nimoy.