My wife and I watched this last night, and we were both really disappointed. We're both Star Trek fans (although my interests shifted more to Star Wars after it came out). She disliked the first Abrams movie, but I thought it was a good solid move in a new direction. My feeling didn't extend to this installment, however.
I'm in agreement with most of the criticisms posted here, but to me this was the most serious:
Originally Posted by Josh Z
The more I think about this movie, the less I like it. I'll defend Lost to the end, including the finale, but Damon Lindelof needs to stop writing movies. Because he sucks at it. He really, really sucks at it. I'm beginning to think that everything good about Lost must have been Carlton Cuse's doing.
This isn't quite as bad as Prometheus. I guess that's something. Sadly, that's about as much faint praise as I can muster for it right now.
Magic blood? Seriously, J.J. Abrams? F*** that noise.
Originally Posted by sdurani Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Of course this means that "death" has been cured in the Star Trek universe, or at least in the Abramverse. Remember, you don't need more of the blood because McCoy synthesised a serum based on the blood. Hopefully, McCoy programed the formula for the serum into the replicator aboard the Enterprise. Red shirts need not be worried ever again. No one will ever die on the 5 year mission. Well, they won't be dead for long.
How do the writers not consider this as they're working on the plot? You may be able to justify it by saying that the same weakness applies with the original series and movie's reliance on the time travel gimmick, so this is no different, but that's just a weak argument. Once these ground rules are set, they seem to either be forgotten or ignored, unless they're convenient.
Other than that, there were so many other weaknesses:
- The obvious homages to Spielberg/Lucas scenes, such as the opening chase that looks like a redo of the opening of Raiders, or the Han Kirk flying the Falcon ship through the structures on Qo'nos, navigating through the asteroid debris field
- The non-existant chemistry between Spock and Uhura
- The twists on the old Star Trek stories that really hurt the movie. The first film did a good job of showing that while these were the same characters in a similar universe, they were ready to strike out on their own. Why not give them a chance to do just that instead of shoveling in a bunch of mashup throwback characters/situations? Let this new series live on it's own
- The "witty" dialog that's written for cheap laughs. Maybe it's just me, but it felt like they were going for the Joss Whedon school, and failed
- The old Prime Directive debate played out again, with Spock missing the irony or hypocracy of his own deeds, in an offence that's even more grave than Kirk's action
- A script that is so overly convoluted that it collapses under it's own weight. The whole shell game with the torpedoes and the revelation of the Vengeance both added too much to what could have been a clever cat-and-mouse chess match. Instead, the motives and changing focus just muddled the story
- Too many climaxes in the third act. The ending stretched out too long, and it added little to the story.
The Spock characterization as a whole just doesn't work for me. While Quinto looks like Spock, this protrayal just doesn't work for me. The romance between him and Uhura seems forced, and played for it's quirkyness rather than something that feels natural. Additionally,
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the reappearance of Nimoy's character weaken's Quinto's. Not only is the audience reminded of the "real" Spock, the new Spock's reliance on classic Spock's advice brings back the old Prime Directive problem, and also tells us that Quinto's character wouldn't have known what to do on his own. Hardly the decisive and inciteful character we'd expect, and more of a cardboard calculator.
I was really looking forward to this, but it just didn't meet expectations. It'll be interesting to see who they turn this over too, and what direction they take it in.