For me, I went into the film expecting to see an escapist fantasy. I got what I expected.
However, there were artistic and writing choices that left me puzzled. For me, I would like for once in a Star Trek film, that when we see a planet from a distance, and that planet is the hub of activity for a galactic entity, that there were orbital facilities and other infrastructure seen in orbit. I would have liked to see people reacting in a space station to the battle between the two starships and to the aftermath. (I was asking myself, where was that massive spacedock? Where were the other starships?) That's just me.
And, can someone answer this question, what were those vehicles that Spock and Khan fought on.