I'll tell you one thing. As a self avowed Trekkie ... though I don't own any costuming, action figures, or been to a Star Trek convention ... I have to give this film 5 out of 5 stars. And, here is your "Spoiler Alert." If you haven't seen the movie yet, continue at your own risk.
I have to say again how much I appreciate the way that JJ Abrams handled the reboot of this beloved series. By introducing an alternate time-stream, it allows these characters to be put in storylines without having to take their original history into account. The only requirement is that you must have the characters.
This film features Khan, a genetically engineered human with a "superior intellect" and strength created 300 years before but cryogenically frozen in suspended animation when he got too dangerous. The character of Khan Noonien Singh, as originally portrayed by the magnificent Ricardo Montalbán, still exists in the new time-stream, so it is not surprising that he's causing trouble in it.
Why do I love this film? I've seen it twice now, and I still don't know how to describe it more than to say that I love the story, the character interaction, and the look and the feel. Even when bad things were happening, I had a smile on my face because I loved how they took the characters and twisted the story to make it interesting and unique. I was on the edge of my seat because I didn't know which way it would go. I'd be sure that they'd turn right, and they'd go left.
I love the dialogue. I love the comedy moments. I love that despite that they're 200-300 years in the future, the people still seem so real. I love the music of the soundtrack. At the end, they do the full blown original tv Star Trek theme song, but in the beginning they start with music that is reminiscent of The Next Generation but completely its own. It draws you in with the first few notes like some of the greats like John Williams and Howard Shore. (Just as a point of information the Star Trek score was composed by Michael Giacchino.)
Does that make any sense? That's not analysis. That's gushing. I apologize, but it seems that I can't analyze it yet. I can only experience it. Will you like it? I don't know. Are you a Trekkie that can accept change to the original premise? Do you like Sci-fi? Action/Adventure? Do you like to see the good guys win? (I warned you about spoilers, so no complaining. Besides, you don't know how the good guys win, AND for parts of the movie you don't know who all the good guys are.) Which brings me to the next question. Do you like JJ Abrams style of storytelling? If the answer all those questions are "yes" (or at least "maybe") then I think that you'll like it.
Be prepared for one other thing that isn't uncommon in the Star Trek tradition. There is some political and social commentary included. Some of it has to do with news from just this week. The nature of the commentary boarders on "preachy" to me. I normally abhor that in a film, but there is one exception. If I can be completely entertained while that is happening, it's okay with me. This movie makes the grade. You also may get so caught up in the action that you won't detect it.
Bottom line. Exceptional. I'm going to have to exert some major will power to keep myself from going to see it again before it comes out on DVD. Will I succeed? Do I want to?
Yup. Gotta give this one a 5 out of 5. :)