I took my two sons (11 & 14) to see Star Trek yesterday. We were all thrilled. I would have to say the worst thing about it was the theater. The surround sound would kick off all during the movie. You would here a character’s voice come from the left and two or three words into the sentence the sound would cut out and you would here it from the front. This happened mid-sentence at least a dozen times through the movie.
As for the plot of the movie… I am a long time Star Trek fan. Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan goes down as an all time great movie with lots of repeat watchability. Many of us old time Trek fans compare all Star Trek movies to it. It is the yardstick by which all other movies must be judged.
This also means the #1 thing us long timers wanted to see was Kirk beat the Kobayashi Maru, the no-win scenario test that is played out in the opening of The Wrath of Khan. It is the Kobayashi Maru in the new Star Trek movie that leads to two minor complaints I had with the movie. First, Kirk is too lax in beating the test. I suppose his pulling out an apple and eating it during the test is derived from the Khan movie when he describes how he beat the test while eating an apple. I thought the Kirk character would have made it look more plausible and not beat it with such ease. The next problem with the movie was that Spock was the one that programmed the Kobayashi Maru test, and I don’t recall that ever being the case in any reference with the original cast.
These are two very small points. Overall I liked the movie a lot. I will buy it on DVD (or this may be the movie to justify getting a Blu-Ray player). Only time will tell how well this movie will hold up to being watched 20-30 times.