Since this screening was so early, they don’t want us to say much about it, so I’ll sum it up in three words: SO FREAKING GOOD!!! Okay, maybe a few more.
I was worried from the previews and commercials that it was going to be too much of an action movie. It wasn’t. There was humor, drama, romance, and yes, plenty of action with great special effects. Some of the group I was with were Star Trek fans and some weren’t, but everyone seemed to enjoy it equally. There’s some stuff guaranteed to piss off the hard-core Trekkies, but I thought they did a great job of staying true to the “heart and soul” of the series, including a couple of logical implausibilities, without which you wouldn’t really have a Star Trek plot. Even so, since this is a semi-reboot, you don’t need to have any prior Star Trek knowledge to get the movie.
As someone said afterward, “this is a much prettier cast.” It’s also a very talented cast, and they really captured the original characters while taking them in a new direction. And, sorry Shatner, but I can’t imagine any actor I would rather have had in this film than Leonard Nimoy. He was wonderful. And, although I’m a big fan of most of these actors and think they were all very good, (even Winona Ryder wasn’t that annoying!) Zachary Quinto was the star of the movie for me. Go Spock(s)!
Aaargh, there are so many things I want to say about the story, but I can’t. One funny thing -- J.J. Abrams pulled a certain concept straight out of Alias and plopped it right in the middle of his Star Trek movie. My friend found it distracting, but I was very amused.
I can’t wait for this to be released – I want to see it again NOW! Preferably on an IMAX screen. And I really hope they signed every single one of the actors to a multi-film contract. DN Scale: Well worth your ten bucks, maybe even a couple of times. Thanks so much to Vita.mn for the special screening!