WARNING! This review may contain spoilers!
If you’re hoping for a return of the familiar banter and camaraderie that was present in the first film, worry no more. Star Trek faithful and newly initiated will be treated to characters that feel like their originals from Star Trek The Original Series and not just in looks but in their lines and actions. Familiar lines are present but not overpowering. They are a nice reminder that these are characters we know.
The plot is solid and engaging with the familiar crew of the USS Enterprise facing some of their hardest decisions, while Captain Kirk and Spock face more personal dilemmas that are just as perilous as their new foe who will push them to the brink of destruction.
Kirk, Spock, and the crew of the Enterprise change, and that’s an important thing to watch for, but it makes every instance in the movie all the more satisfying. Die hard fans will be satisfied by the directions taken, while still allowing room for this new imagining of Star Trek to grow.
While it isn’t necessary to view the film, seeing it in IMAX 3D was a pleasure. While the 3D doesn’t lend anything to the storytelling, it made visuals more interesting. If you have the chance to at least see it on an even bigger screen that happens to be 2D, do so. You won’t be disappointed.
If I have to grade it: 10/10
My grade: It’s the best Star Trek film ever. Is it true you say? A Vulcan cannot lie.