Saw it last night. It's everything I hoped it would be and more.
The prologue is possibly the first time I have ever physically been at the edge of my seat. The final scenes before the opening titles are *beautiful* - chaotically, tragically, gut-wrenchingly beautiful. If this sequence does not convince you that this movie is right than nothing will.
The movie proper than kicks off, and if I can level any criticism against it it's that Abrams gets the character pieces so spot-on that it's almost a disappointment when he cuts back to the action. Not that there's anything wrong with the action scenes themselves; there isn't a single action sequence in this movie that I would have left out. It's just that the universe is shown to be so rich and vibrant and alive
you almost feel cheated when the villain tries to interrupt it.
I loved the imagery used in this film. There are scenes here I'd easily put on par with the TMP fly-by or the Enterprise rising out of the Mutara nebula in terms of sheer visceral impact, and I can't wait for the DVD to get some nice wallpapers for my desktop. Space has never looked this good.
What really bowled me over was what happened after the movie - people don't applaud, usually. I have never heared people applaud in a Belgian cinema in over fifteen years. People didn't applaud for the early screening of The Phantom Menace.
But when the credits started to roll, one person started clapping and the rest just followed. This movie really is
something special. I don't care how much you dislike the concept or how much you dread a reboot, this movie is so Star Trek it hurts, and it's the best thing to happen to the franchise since... at least since TWoK, possibly since the day the first episode aired.
Kirk also goes to the Academy about eight years earlier in the original timeline and is an experience, seasoned officer by the time he's assigned command of the Enterprise, whereas in this case, we're talking the "Top Gun" school of "rising through the ranks on the merits of being smokin' hot!"
...no. Just no. If you had seen the film, you would have known nothing could be farther from the truth.
The problem involved time travel. Logic dictates that time travel be used to resolve it.
While it is not explicitly addressed, the movie makes it *abundantly* clear why Spock didn't take this route, and his actions in the movie follow a logical chain of events.