Finally saw this on a regular screen matinee (I think seeing it on IMAX might have made me throw up) and I have to give it two thumbs up for a waaaaaaaaaaaaay better origin story than ol' Wolverine there. I'm not a huge Trek fan - although I did get into TNG in college - but I did get a little misty at the end with the entire crew poised on the bridge, ready to start their adventures aboard the Enterprise.
I thought Karl Urban and Zachary Quinto were spot-on as McCoy and Spock; Anton Yelchin was kind of squeaky and annoying - until I remembered that Chekov was my least favorite character in the original series; Leonard Nimoy is Really Old; and I couldn't help give a little cheer when Scotty was "givin' it all she's got, Capt'n!" (There should have been more Scotty. I wanted more Scotty.) Chris Pine was fine as Kirk: cute, cocky and arrogant enough, and he got the captain's chair slouch just right. There will only ever be one Shatner, but Pine figured it out.
Other random thoughts: I found the score to be rather overwrought and intrusive at times. Also, did anyone get flashbacks of the Reavers vs. the Operative's ships when Nero's Romulan monstrosity of a ship loomed over any teeny Federation vessel? Yeah, me too.
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