May 8 was Star Trek day for me. Armed with food and drinks I sat in the middle of the cinema (made sure I got good seats) and finished my food before the movie started (I was so restless). I was a little nervous that the movie would disappoint. It didn’t.
SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read this post if you haven’t seen the movie yet.
I know the entire plot changes how the Star Trek universe will proceed in the future, after all what will happen with two Spocks? I know some purists would love to have old Star Trek back but for the most part I would think that people, old Trekkers or new converts, are as happy as I am with the film. It just grabs your attention from the start and continues to hold it till the end. Non-trekkers wouldn’t have a hard time following the plot either because the movie is self-contained. My friend who has no clue said it was better though for the brief background I provided about the Enterprise and its crew right before the movie started (I managed to run my mouth off in between bites and sips).
As for the acting they were superb though I am left with mixed feelings about some things such as Spock and Uhura’s romance and Scotty. Simon Pegg was really funny but I’m thinking that he’s a bit too jaunty compared to the original Scotty. The ones I liked were Eric Bana (Nero), Anton Yelchin (Chekov), and Zachary Quinto (Spock). Everyone gives well-deserved praise to Karl Urban for his faithful portrayal as Dr McCoy. The best part for me though was seeing Leonard Nimoy step into his role. Zachary Quinto may do a really good job but Leanoard Nimoy really owns the character. I’m so glad the plot included a future Spock in it even though it throws the entire Star Trek universe into a spin.
When it comes to the effects and action sequences there’s no doubt about it that Star Trek is a winner. Naysayers may say that it just makes this movie a movie for the new “ADD Star Trek audiences” and that it lacks the depth and intelligence of old Star Trek movies but I say that the effects just gives the Star Trek concept justice. The movie may not reveal all the rich history of Star Trek but it is a great introduction if we want to get Star Trek back. For me, I’m just hoping that this will be a new start of a whole generation of Star Trek.