I was a bit edgy at first and wasn't really fired up until about 1/2 way into the movie. I thought Pine at that point threw a few bones to Bill Shatner with a bit of the movement, pose and prose of the Kirk most of us knew and loved. Pine hit almost a perfect balance of not mimicking Shatner, but making sure that character was still there.
I would of liked to have seen just a smudge more of the Shatner Kirk, but hey it's Pine Kirk now. So I was thankful he gave me as much as he did, if that makes sense.
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