Star Trek reboot gets a B
As movie reboots go - think "Planet of the Apes" (bad) and "Casino Royale" (excellent) - "Star Trek," which hit the big screen Thursday night, lies somewhere in between, and will have Trekkies wanting more.
For the average Star Trek fan? They should like it as well.
If you're neither, you'll like it too.
All those factors should add to a summer blockbuster for director J.J. Abrams' take on the popular sci-fi franchise.
If you've never seen a Star Trek film, "Star Trek" is a fresh place to start. Give Abrams credit. He is boldy going where no Star Trek director has gone before: A backstory on the James T. Kirk and Spock characters and how their paths crossed coming up through the ranks of the star fleet academy.
There are few things to nitpick in the film. There is a time-travel parallel universe storyline (apparently Abrams, the creator "Lost," just couldn't help himself) that, at times, is confusing. Also, a where-did-that-come-from? relationship seems awkward and out of place.
Overall, though, Star Trek fans should applaud Abrams' efforts. With the cast from this film signed on for two sequels, the beloved franchise seems to be in good hands.
- Mark Podolski