Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are brilliant as the young Kirk and Spock in this gleaming prequel.
Simon Pegg’s Scotty, Karl Urban’s Bones, Anton Yelchin’s Chekov, John Cho’s Sulu and Zoe Saldana’s Uhura also make their roles their own – may they all live long and prosper.
All about character, back story and Star Trek lore, the film hardly focuses on plot at all, which is just as well because what’s here is truly baffling.
Never mind, it includes a huge lot of action, rushing around and beaming up, Eric Bana’s deeply serious baddie Nero, and, in the film’s boldest and cleverest stroke, original TV star Leonard Nimoy’s Spock.
Grave, wise and incredibly old, he is given a considerable amount of screen time and gets to meet the young Kirk and, eventually, the young Spock too!
With super effects and a spot-on script, the look and the tone are perfect, making for an incredibly entertaining, and occasionally breathtaking, movie.