Bottom line: It’s the best of the new movies.
Its frenetic, wild, rotating camera moves can be disconcerting—especially in IMAX 3D—but this is the first of the J.J. Abrams universe stories that actually feels like a Star Trek story. It captures the relationships and humor of the Enterprise’s crew without seeming to try too hard and tells a new story, rather than re-treading the tales of the original universe. It takes some moments to look sweetly back on the original cast, particularly Leonard Nimoy’s Spock, and even manages to bridge the end of the Enterprise’s 5-year mission with the next step for the crew. There’s some nice ties to the Enterprise TV show, with an NX-class vessel making at least as much hay as the NCC-1701 does.