I was not a fan of the original Star Trek show—too wooden. The message was good—equality for all. Starting with the movies, I liked the original cast—at least #2, #4, #6. The fourth (Voyage Home) brought more humor, which fit well with the plot. These two 'prequels' are far superior in writing. Cast is excellent, and their timing is great (which likely means some good direction). I would recommend both of the prequels.
i saw it in 3D this time. this is only the 2nd movie i've seen that 3D was worth it. i saw it in 2D the first time because e. doesn't like 3D, and i have to admit that i am not too taken with the technology, but this was worth it. the other one i saw in 3D was the other space movie, James Cameron's movie. i can't think of the name of it now to save my life, but it was also very cool.
besides the 3D fx the movie itself grows on me with the second showing. it has moved up half a star in my rating.
mostly what i like about it is it's homage to the original stuff. the roles of Kirk, Spock, O'hoorah, Chekov, Bones, Sulu, Scottie are all A+ performances. the role of O'hoorah has been expanded and changed significantly, but it only adds to the show. the role of the villian Khan is another A+ performance. probably A+ scripting, but the actors knew their stuff.
i hate/have to admit that i only skimmed the article. i'm just not that interested in their opinion. these next 2 or 3 sentences need to be taken with a proper amount of salt (ton) but i'm finally coming into my own as a film advocate. i hate critics. they're so critical. i love the movies and i take the bitter with the better and this movie is definitely the better.
the 2009 offering was an instant classic. waaay too cool. it left big shoes to live up to, to mix my metaphors. that being said, it does a lot of what the article i skorned said it did. lots of insider material or jokes if you will. it lets us know that the movie is for us, as well as the rest of them.
i'd go, and in fact, i am going, in a few minutes.