Here we go. This is where I add my voice to the growing chorus of admiration for J.J. Abrams and his new Star Trek movie.
And I hate to admit it, but therein lies the rub. The reason it’s really good is that it’s not really a Star Trek film at all. It’s more like a Star Wars film. (Original trilogy of course, not the later ones. Which ironically were more like Star Trek films. But I digress…)
It’s fun, it’s action packed, it doesn’t pay too much attention to previous canon or scientific principles, and there wasn’t even one scene where Starfleet suits sit around a conference table crapping on about how to deal diplomatically with those darn Romulans.
Rather, we get the classic original series approach of tooling around in starships, shooting first and asking questions later.
The series needed a serious reboot, and this was it. It’s a great universe with great stories to tell, but the stiff stylings of previous cinematic outings weren’t doing its longevity any favours at all.
What J.J. has given us here is most definitely Star Trek, Jim, but not as we know it. And it’s about goddamn time.
4.5 out of 5