I went to the 10PM showing last night. I didn't really know what to think prior to seeing it. The last movie I saw in theaters was The Watchmen and haven't been since because there hasn't been anything that could possibly compare to it prior to this movie being released (let the summer blockbusters begin). While Star Trek was no Watchmen, it was absolutely incredible and one of the best movies I've seen in a long time.
I've never been a "trekkie" by any means. I've seen the movies and old shows growing up, but never got into The Next Generation or the other shows, but I always loved the Original series. Me and the old man watched it together, only fitting he was sitting next to me in the theater when the movie started.
If you haven't heard anything about the movie, it's essentially a reboot of the Original series, starting with the origins of Spock and Kirk and how they became the crew of the Enterprise. All of the characters from the original series are present and the actors picked to play them are pretty much spot on and nail the parts; especially Spock. At one point in the movie, it's like the young Spock is staring into the mirror of the Spock from the Original show. The script is an entire reboot, forget everything you know about Shatner's Kirk origins; the plot allows the writers and directors to change the course of Star Trek history; and they do it wonderfully.
The two standouts in the movie are Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock. As mentioned above, Quinto is spot on as Spock; his expressions, 'logic' and stance, all perfect. Chris Pine (my favorite actor from Smokin' Aces) as Kirk was just amazing. Super intense, very humorous and made me believe that he was the young rogue version of the classic Shatner Kirk. I think this movie laid a very solid foundation for a couple more movies which I will happily see.
The directing was awesome. I haven't seen Cloverfield; but I will now, just because J.J. Abramms did such an awesome job with this movie. I'm still not going to watch Lost though. The movie had me from the opening scenes and I could not look away from the screen. There is plenty of action, humor, great special effects, and sound effects. There are plenty of references to the Original series that should make all the old trekkies happy and entertain the newer audience.
The theater was packed with tons of nerds from all walks of life. Some of them gave a standing ovation when the movie ended, then sat back down to see if there was anything shown after the credits.