FINALLY got to see this over the weekend and simply put, I thought it was great! I even thought it was better than the first, which IMO is saying a lot because I didn't feel the first to be lacking much. This took you on more of a ride and certainly went a little deeper with the characters and story. I felt the core cast grew in their performances, Cumberbatch was brilliant and Peter Weller was outstanding. I felt the movie was consistent enough with the first, I like the "ground based" elements of the movie (as opposed to all space battles); however, no one can bring the Enterprise out of the clouds like Abrams
And for me, this movie not only portrayed the strongest threat by an antagonist but also IMO profoundly portrayed more so than any other Trek movie why tensions would exist as far as the neutral zone is concerned.
At this point, my only issue with this movie is with Alice Eve's character. IMO she added nothing to the film and was basically a plug character to allow a certain storyline to play out. But this is nothing that will keep me from going to see this again before it leaves the theater.
Saw it 2D btw and glad I did. I see where some of the filming would be 3D enhanced but not in a way that I feel would enhance the telling of the story for me.