Reviewed May 11, 2012
Silent J’s review:
I know I might be shot for this statement, but I was never a huge fan of Star Trek. I never got the original series when I was a kid (mostly the technobable) and while The Next Generation was a fun ride, I was never crazy about it. If there was ever anything that has perfect material for a reboot, it's Star Trek.
The script is surprisingly intelligent enough to make the differences between the show and the film make sense. The dialogue is easy to understand and does'nt take itself too seriously. Does'nt use too much technobabble and makes it easier for even non Star Trek fans like myself to understand. The characters are perfectly realised here. Each has a nice memorable moment that not only borrows som quirks of their series counterparts, but adds new flesh and layers to the characters that make them more relatable and even more badass. A lot of that is thanks to such a great cast. Chris Pine not only looks like William Shatner, but emulates his character of Captain Kirk to a perfect tee, as well as add a few things to make the character his own. Zachary Quinto steals the show. He also perfectly looks, acts, and sounds like Spock from the old show but also adds more complexity to his character. Other great supporting performances come from the likes of Bruce Greenwood, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Eric Bana, and even Tyler Perry works well in this. If Tyler Perry gives a good performance in your film, you are truly an impressive director. That credit goes to J.J Abrams who through stunning visuals and amazing action scenes create a nicely crafted reimaging of the classic series. Granted, the script does a little too much fan service and it's a little annoying how hard they try to add classic lines, this is still a thrilling sci-fi film.
J.J. Abrams, top to bottom, creates a really great reboot that for me is better than the show itself. It's funny, smart, exciting, and entertaining for Trekkies and non-Trekkies.