1.) The actors give out phenomenal performances. They know how to give out dramatic performances while also performing comedic moments that fit well with the characters that they are playing. They know how to act well, especially with its subtle comedy (unlike a certain ghost-busting movie that I saw).
2.) All the characters have great motivations and weight behind them. They all get a fair share of time, and they all have a purpose in the film. The two characters who have the biggest well-constructed motivations are Kirk and Spock. Not going to give much away, but there is something that gives motivation to Spock that will give any Trekkie tears.
3.) Many of the technical stuff in the film deserve praise, so let’s see if I can list them. The cinematography is excellent, the makeup is extraordinary, the editing is on par in order to see what is happening to each character, the writing is great, and so many more that I cannot find any errors…
1.) …Well, sort of. The CG does need a little bit of work. There are some impressive CG and green screen effects, but there are times that I can tell that they look a little fake.
2.) The action scenes may be cool, but it is somewhat marred with shaky cam and (in some cases) lack of lighting. As I said before, I am not a fan of the shaky cam since I find them a bit disorienting, but there are not that many in the film.
3.) I feel like there are a couple of plot holes that are not big enough to ruin the film, but makes you question it a bit. Maybe some of it is implied or mentioned in passing, but it is worth mentioning.
Star Trek is a series that has been going on for a long time. In fact, this is the 50th anniversary of the popular sci-fi series. For me, I am not a Trekkie since I did not grow up watching the series (I grew up with Star Wars) with a couple of movie exceptions. With the reboot released in 2009, I decided to give the series a try. I liked the 2009 movie even though many Trekkies did not. I was not really fond of Star Trek: Into Darkness before it started to become unpopular with everyone else. With this new iteration of the series, people were not exactly hopeful due to its bad trailers. I can safely tell you that it is by far the best Star Trek film in the entire reboot series. It has fantastic writing, great performances, nice special effects, notable technicalities, and a perfect film for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. Not only do I recommend it to Trekkies, but to everyone else. You will have a blast. You will have fun. Most importantly, you will go where no one has gone before.
A couple more things: this is unfortunately the last Star Trek film with Anton Yelchin who played Ensign Pavel Chekov. He died a month ago in a freak car accident. It is unfortunate that he died so early, and he will be missed.
Lastly, this film also paid tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy who played Spock in the original Star Trek series. As a personal tribute, here is a video made by sfdebris.