Written May 19, 2013
As a long time trekie I really enjoyed this movie. I went with my wife, a non trekie and she enjoyed it as well.
We went to the 3D Imax screening. It really was an amazing adventure ride that kept my wife and me totally mesmerized by the story line, acting and special effects.
Conclusion: We want more!
Written July 06, 2015
I saw STID in a 3D IMAX theatre, and was duly impressed by the visual spectacle. However, many films seem to be delivering only spectacle at the expense of story and character; Star Trek is edging very close to this line as well. I don't ONLY go for the eye candy...
The actors 'inhabit' their roles more effectively here, with the exception of "Harrison", who I had a difficult time separating from Sherlock (and kept wondering if Watson was going to have a cameo). Spock seemed to be 'peeved' most of the film, as if his costume fit too tightly. Kirk was a a suitable loose cannon, and Bones letter-perfect again. Uhura is definitely going in a different direction than the TV series and TOS films. Not bad; just different and much more active. Nimoy was wasted.
Alice Eve's character is a breath of fresh air; another strong female presence, who seems more than a match for Kirk et.al. This isn't really a spoiler, given previous canon, but very welcome for future films.
Written July 26, 2016
I was concerned that it wouldn't live up to the first and that it wouldn't live up to the hype.
I saw it at the IMAX in 3D and it was fantastic.
The last 20 minutes of the movie weren't as good as the rest to me but the ending wasn't bad.
A must see and worth the extra for IMAX and 3D.
Written August 30, 2016
Written October 24, 2016
It's just a bunch of brainless action; the Kirk vs. Spock dynamic is just a way for those characters to shout different iterations of the same exclamation over and over for two hours with no nuance or sign that anybody's learned anything. We are just supposed to believe that a public organization on the scale of a "StarFleet" has a bunch of rigid regulations that Kirk is allowed to waltz in and violate whenever he wants. He loses command of the Enterprise and magically gets it back in 20 minutes without having had to build any character whatsoever.
The most enjoyable part was the closing credits, which allow you to take in the 3D scenery without a bunch of obnoxious 2-dimensional characters pretending to be acting out a movie.
They are really screwing up this legacy.