I promise I don't just watch movies. I really do other things too. However, yesterday was a stressful and frustrating day, so when my dear cousin Rob said he could get tickets to see Star Trek a few days early (the Utah premiere, how fun!) I figured it might be just what the doctor ordered. Turned out it was a perfect foil to my crappy day.
Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun, Watchable'
I don't know how many of you are familiar with The Onion. I got a good laugh out of this clip even before I saw the film. Now I love it even more.
I don't want to give it away. All you need to know is that this movie is fun. It's full of amazing action and effects, there are no slow parts that make you think about going to do something else, the cast is perfect (I did hear some nitpicky comments like: "Bones doesn't have blue eyes" and "Sulu is played by a Korean instead of a Japanese guy", but the feel of the characters is right on and they look great too), and overall, it's FUN. I don't think you have to be a die-hard Trekker/Trekkie to enjoy this. In fact, I don't think it's important to have any familiarity with the show at all. I do think you'll get more out of it if you've seen at least a few episodes of the original show, but otherwise it's completely stand-alone. And it totally works.
I honestly can't wait to see it again. Still makes me chuckle under my breath when I think about it. Man, I needed that last night.
It's rated PG-13 for intense action (although I'm pretty sure the only slightly objectionable thing in it is a bedroom scene that lasts about a minute - you see two people in their underwear, so if your kids can handle that, they'll be fine with the rest - really).
Per Ethan's suggestion, I'm changing my rating scale to 5 stars. And I give this movie all 5. Yeah, I really did like it that much.
Update: check out this review for a lot more detail. Good review. I totally agree.