Watched the BD the other night (only the 2nd time I have seen the movie), and it's a very good film. The casting is really tremendous. The people in the various roles made famous by other people do such a good job of inhabiting those parts that you feel that it is the characters you know and at the same time that you are seeing them in a new way. I will however, discuss a few things I did not like, minor in the scheme of things. Let's start with Nero's ship. It's terrible. I know it is supposed to look like some horrible, imposing creature in space, but it's just a mess. It doesn't look like much of anything, let alone a starship capable of more destruction than warships. I thought the movie folks failed big time in Nemesis with the silly appearance of the Romulan ship, but this is just as silly looking. (Meanwhile, the Romulans always had very good looking ships in TOS, TNG and DS9.) I know there is this whole elaborate backstory about Nero and how he was just a regular guy who got overwhelmed by extraordinary circumstances, etc. etc. But come on. Eric Bana plays him as a mustache-twirling villain who wants destruction simply for revenge. Explaining his motivation in a comic book isn't sufficient for crafting a good movie. NOTE TO STAR TREK WRITERS AND PRODUCERS: Enough of the Khan villain template! It was done successfully exactly once, and every time since hasn't measured up. Come up with something new. Enough, also, with destruction. No less than two planets bite the dust in this movie. Use the special effects budget to showcase something wondrous and awe-inspiring, not to blow shit up. Still, it was really a terrific movie. The origins of the relationship between the characters was handled so well that it felt honest. McCoy's comment to Kirk about Spock - "I like him" - was a highlight. Easily one of the best Trek movies, and certainly one of the best films of the year.