Originally Posted by chator
I don't quite see Pine as Kirk from the O.S. But, then again, he wasn't intended to be, with the whole Alternate Reality thing creating a different Kirk. One whose Dad dies before he was born leading to disfunctional relationships with booze and women with no father figure around. I also don't see him as heroic yet. In the movie he's more reckless than heroic, and more thrill-seeking than inspired.
No you're quite right.
In a timeline where the future has irreversibly altered the past, Pine-Kirk doesn't have to mimic Shatner-Kirk.