Without giving any spoilers, I have no problem with a reboot. I can even handle the alternative reality/time travel thing. What left me cold was Abram's poor film making. What???But the critics love it! Yeah, yeah...well...not this one.
So what are my complaints?
Let's begin with the main character. A smarmy egoistical fratboy named James Kirk, who seems mired in unconvincing and annoying angst. At one point where he is being chased by a critter, I actually cheered for the critter. Maybe it's because pretty boy Chris Pine doesn't understand subtlety, or maybe it's because Abrams is afraid his young, attention span challenged audience will not be able to sit in their seats long enough for the character to develop, but this cinematic reincarnation of Kirk is one of the most annoying screen characters in years. A shame, considering he is paired with the strong Zachary Quinto as Spock and Karl Urban, who nails Leonard "Bones" McCoy. Considering how bad the series could be at times, and how over-the-top William Shatner would play it, one is amazed that Pine suffers in comparison.
What other complaints, besides the "90210" updating of Uhura???
Well, how about the score? What an annoying composition. As I listened to the plodding horns and ridiculous bass, I mourned for the absence of Alexander Courage and Jerry Goldsmith. Or even James Horner. Thankfully, the original theme makes its appearance by the end, but by then, one is so disappointed in the product that the return of this old friend feels mocking.
Anything else for me to rip apart?
YES. Why did Abrams include so many unneccesary and absurd scenes? What a waste of time. What a pandering to the lowest common denominator. Isn't it enough those little ones (emotionally and mentally, if not physically) have Michael Bay's Transformer to suck on? Must Abrams and Paramount give them Star Trek? The stupid car theft scene, the ridiculous ice planet chase and monsters, Scotty's nonsensical introduction and subsequent trip through what must have been Enterprise's hooka. And even the action packet assault on the Romulan death machine. Really.....really???? Did these scenes do ANYTHING other than give the wee ones eye candy and nonsense?
Go see Star Trek. Go on. The critics love it. Most of you will, too. The fanboys will wet themselves in their undiscriminating glow. But for the real lover of the spirit of Trek and for anyone with discerning wit and a love of intelligent science fiction, which is what Trek seemed always to reach for, even if it often fell short...this film is a stab in the back.