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Nick Britton’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
This was the only Star Trek movie from the original series that I saw as a kid. It left an impression on me and I remember it fondly and watching it today reaffirmed that fondness. Everything seemed to be clicking in this movie between the cast, the direction, the story and its execution. The first 15 minutes of the Enterprise crew in present day San Francisco is some of the best fish-out-of-water stuff you'll find in a movie anywhere.
The one thing that strikes me, just as it did back when I was a kid, is how the parting scene between Gillian and Kirk plays out. She's effectively stranded 200+ years in her future and she ends up on another ship and not with the Enterprise crew. She doesn't seem all that worked up about it but it always bummed me out, that exchange. And it bummed me out again.
Movies are odd things sometimes.