In a summer of mediocrity, it's a real pleasure to see something that's unabashedly entertaining and optimistic. Even as a Star Trek rookie, it seems clear that this film is motivated by the spirit and idealism of the original series, rather than more cursory hat tips of the previous two (still very enjoyable) films. In doing so, we get a much broader look at the whole ensemble, instead of focusing just on the Kirk/Spock dynamic. Also Sofia Boutella's scene-stealing Jayla…
Not quite the instant classic that Nemo was, but achieves the honourable goals of representing disability as a strength and celebrating the biodiversity of nature, while landing similar emotional and comedic punches as the original, is more than enough justification for the sequel.