And I didn't mean to leave out Mike, since he didn't see it in the theater either. It will be interesting to see what Mike thought of it. Are you a big TOS fan Mike? Or Abrams Trek fan?
Not "big." I'd say casual fan of the TOS and the original crew motion pictures and the first Abrams film. ("Casual" because I've never dressed in costume for a convention or needed Bill Shatner to tell me to "get a life!" )
I missed out on the Next Generation and all the other iterations in the franchise. I'll be pretty surprised if I don't walk away from this newest film happy.
And, no surprise....I was happy.
I really enjoyed it--from start to finish. I work with a guy who is a TOS fan and who hasn't seen STID either. I told him, "if you're a fan of TOS, don't go into this thinking you're going to get much new...because its as if the plotline is cribbed from every story they ever told in TOS. And they even included a lot of references to various TOS stories."
But that's just what a casual fan like me wants from a film like this. I go into a film like this hoping that it is TOS...but done with the sensibilities and with the technology of five decades later. Were there a few "touches" I would have left out--that seemed superfluous or could have been done differently--sure. But as a whole, I'm not going to complain. It was too much fun and too well done for that. This is also classic ensemble work with a handful of cast getting the meat of the labors but the supporting cast still being just as important even though they've got so much less to do.
I swear I think casting Chris Pine as William Shatner's James T. Kirk is one of the smartest parts of this entire reboot. To me, it's eerie how much he comes off as Shatner's Kirk.
The visuals and sound were explosive! When that ship crash lands at the end...WOW!
It was a non-stop, kick-ass ride all the way through. The only thing that disappoints me is that I failed to see it in the theater...because it probably would have been even that more immersive. And that I wasn't able to get my dad to see it before he passed away this summer. My dad didn't care much for TV fiction...but he could watch TOS episdoes over and over. I had given him the DVDs as gifts over the years. He was a HUGE Star Trek fan and I know he would have loved this treatment every bit as much as I did (probably more).