Rated PG-13 for Sci-fi action and violence, and brief sexual content
My Rating: 4 Stars
I've only seen a few of the original Star Trek shows and that was years ago, so I cannot compare this film to them. In spite of that, however, I must say this movie was very enjoyable to watch. Even though I'm not versed in Sci-fi, I was able to understand the story and whys and wherefores. Terrific acting, little language and amazing special effects all went towards my 4 Star rating. Sci-fi people, if you haven't seen this movie, you should. :-)
When his mother was in labor with him, Jim Kirk lost his father to the Romulan Hero named Captain Nero... and the Starfleet lost a brave and selfless man. They also lost Captain Robau and their ship, The U.S.S. Kelvin to Nero. It was a rue day when the StarFleet crossed paths with Nero and they never hoped to again.
Well, except maybe one. But he wasn't even part of the Starfleet. He was a bit of a playboy. Reckless. Angry. Arrogant.
James Tiberius Kirk.
One day at a bar, he tried hitting on a girl who was cadet in the Starfleet and her fellow cadets ganged up on Kirk, leaving him smeared with blood. It wasn't until Captain Pike stepped in and whistled that they left Kirk hanging over a table, seeing double through the red. When the Captain heard who the young man was, he recognized in Jim the same great spirit that his father had. It was just hidden under a facade of 'devil-may-care'.
Captain Pike played all the cards he had: Jim's father and his record. And the feeling that Jim had tried to squelch by playing bad boy: he was meant for something better than being a genius repeat offender.
“Enlist in Starfleet.”
“Enlist? ::laughs:: You guys must be way down in your recruiting quota for the month.”
But last minute, he's on the ship. And, although he hasn't any intentions of becoming so, James Tiberius Kirk is on his way becoming a heroic, mature, sensitive leader to whom everyone looks up to. And he's also on his way to see his father's murderer, Nero.
What I Liked:
1: 99% of this movie is clean.
2: Great acting. There wasn't one scene in which this movie wasn't well acted.
3: I love Scotty. Really and truly. That guy makes me laugh.
4: Spock. There's something about watching him fight his way through life and still remain that sweet sensitive man...
5: Winona Ryder. Bravo.
6: The music. :-)
7: Bruce Greenwood. I've seen this man play in several movies and he's always impressive. It doesn't matter if he's playing family man, President or Captain, in the end of the film,you wish that all men could have at least some of his character traits.
8: The special effecs are very good. If you have a chance, watch how they put this movie together and you'll be amazed at how far they went to get the details just right.
9: I have watched a few movies in which J.J. Abrams was director of and have always been impressed.
10: The humor. Low clearance was a good one. Chris Pine pulled it off very well. “I might throw up on you” was also funny. Oh... and the Russian accent! I loved the Russian accent. :-D
What I Didn't Like:
1: The almost sex scene between Kirk and Gaila (the 'green girl' as my sister calls her)... it didn't help the movie in the least. In fact, it took away from the story and made it seem more common.
2: The language. There wasn't much, thankfully. :-)
3: I found that Kirk's character was too immature, then mature, then immature... and finally, mature. I couldn't really relate to the extremes.