My favorite parts:
*Spock kicking Kirk's a**. I LOVE seeing Spock lose control and MAN that was wicked! I'm like, "Oh d***!!! He's gonna kill him!"
*George Kirk. I cried at that whole part. I tried not to but then I gave up and just let it out. Wiping my eyes and sniffling the whole time. It was so well done.
*The bar fight. Kirk almost
won, although I would have liked to see the burly cadets punished or something. S'okay though, now they have to call Kirk CAPTAIN. How ya like that, cupcake?
*The special effects. BEAUTIFUL. My favorite part is when the ship warped into Saturn's orbit or whatever and the thrusters fired and it rose up from the dust. That was freakin' AWESOME. And the warp effect in general. Too cool! It really makes the whole "go to warp" thing far more impressive than it's looked in the past. I actually felt like, "Whoa, that's [/i]fast[/i]" whereas before I've just been like, "Oh, that's pretty!" This warp effect, it actually felt like you "see" the physics behind it or something. I'm not making much sense but I
know what I mean. lol
*Sulu. Mostly I loved how he counted down when they were dropping out of warp.
*Karl Urban as Bones. Everyone was right, the guy's fantastic in the role. OMG the pointy-eared hobgoblin thing had me in stitches. LOL
*Chris Pine. He was brilliant! He's got such fire and energy and that really came through in the character in the most perfect way. It meshes so well with the Kirk we know from later years. You can see how this firebrand was able to gain some control over that fighting spirit and direct it in a more constructive fashion.
*Spock submitting his name for consideration as First Officer. "I can provide character references."
*Everyone else. Perfect casting, really.
*The end with Spock Prime's voiceover with the famous monologue and the Enterprise and the crew on the bridge just as they should be. I really felt that this was indeed the Enterprise and crew that I know and love and I was ready for the next adventure!
*The Enterprise. OMFG THAT SHIP IS BEAUTIFUL. Much better and far less awkward than the still photos. Seeing it in motion really makes all the difference, I think. It's graceful and powerful. Gorgeous, gorgeous ship. With the way the crew interacted with the ship and ship itself and sound of the engines, it felt more like a working vessel with bustling activity than I can ever remember.
*The sound effects! I loved the sound of the engines and I like that you could hear them powering up to full power or powering down when they were switching to thrusters. It just sounded alive
and like I was really on this mechanical beast. It worked really well with the feel of engineering. Like how on the surface you see this shiny craft but you can hear the power behind it and engineering, with all of it's organized chaos actually looks like something that can produce that power. Hearing that overlayed with the shiny visuals of the exterior and bridge, it just made for a...I don't even know how to explain it, really. It was just great!
*The music. Spot on. It wasn't jarring but instead it matched each scene so that it just added to the whole experience the way it was supposed to instead of being distracting. A special mention for the TOS theme in the end credits. I thought it worked really well and it was a great treat, especially after Spock Prime's monologue!
There was no better way to end it.
*ETA: One last thing that I HAVE to mention. Another one of my favorite parts was when Spock is in Spock Prime's ship and he puts two and two together and figures out the ship is from the future and there's a future Spock wandering about that Kirk knows about. I LOVE that part. And he's like, "I have a feeling I already have" when Kirk tells him that he thinks Spock can pilot the ship. idk y but I loved that part to bits!
Things I was surprised by:
*I wasn't actually bothered one bit by the whole Spock/Uhura thing. I thought I'd hate it but the way it was done really fit and wasn't forced or awkward. I'd still be happier if it wasn't in there at all but it wasn't awful like I thought it would be. I can live with it without cringing. lol I think it actually added to those particular scenes and I can see what Zach Quinto was saying when he said that Uhura is like Spock's emotional canvass or whatever. It was unusual but it worked.
*The brewergineering setting actually worked quite well. In fact, it was great! I wasn't even thinking, "TOO MANY PIPES LOOKS LIKE A STEAMSHIP!" It was more, "Oh wow, it really looks like engineering is functional
and the people are doing work
." It looked real, I guess is what I'm trying to say. I thought it would look bad but it was just the opposite, IMO.
*Chekov! I liked
him! I was afraid he'd be annoying or something but he absolutely adorable and utterly brilliant. This youthful sorta-naive energy mixed with this brilliant mind that we actually got to see in action.
*The semi-slapstick humor parts were actually funny
and didn't get in the way of the story. I think they added to it, actually, in that it let you see a bit of the relationship between Kirk and Bones.
*It took a little bit to get used to but I really like seeing Spock display more emotion. Spock and
Spock Prime, but especially Spock. I like having more insight into what goes on in his mind and the internal struggles that he has. It's neat watching him begin to balance his two halves and become more comfortable with himself. It was fun to watch that journey begin.
My favorite line/exchange from the entire movie:
When Kirk offers Nero a diplomatic resolution and Nero refuses. Spock asks him, more of less, what the h*** he's doing and Kirk says that the offer is the logical thing to do and asks him if he agrees or something like that. Then Spock says, "No, not really. Not at this time." The way he said "No, not really" I was DYING. For real, my favorite line in the movie.
*Simon Pegg as Scotty! I love him! And you could hear squeals and clapping in the theater when he says, "I'm givin' ya all she's got, Captain!" Possibly the second best line in the movie.
Things I thought were odd:
Spock Prime's mindmeld with Kirk was a little strange. I think it's because it was presented in the form of a narrative but I guess there really wasn't any other way to do it. Just having flashes of images would be hard to understand, so you need words to go with it. It was still slightly awkward, though. Sorry, I'm using words like "awkward" "awesome" and "brilliant" a lot. My vocabuarly apparently sucks tonight. I need a thesaurus.
Even so, this wasn't so off-putting that it was bad. It was just an odd part.
OK, I have to stop now because I could just go on and on and on. Put simply, I LOVED this movie. It was Star Trek and it felt like Star Trek but it was completely unlike any Star Trek I've ever seen but in a good way! It was deeper and more intense and just...WOW. I almost feel a little drained after it all. I love the pace of it, just never letting up and moving the story along at a lightening pace without sacrificing character development. It's quite an achievement.