I should probably start by confirming that I've been a Star Trek fan since I was a child in the 1980s, starting with Star Trek: The Next Generation and then moving onto to everything else that Star Trek had to offer.
Which is a long way of saying I'm familiar with the good and the bad of past Star Trek films and TV shows.
And yes, I thought this film was superb - an out and out action-adventure of epic proportions, with a visceral style and special effects to make your eyes burst out of their sockets. Director J.J Abrams has fashioned a film that actually succeeds in being a MOVIE, and not a big budget TV episode - with pitch perfect casting of all the crew and performances that honour and respect the original crew.
But there are also huge changes - the creation of a new timeline and the death of and destruction of key elements of the original series have very much divided fandom. And while I fully understand those feelings and the basis of them, I do not share them.
Once again, for the first time since 1966 we will be going out there into the UNKNOWN!! The future is now a blank canvas and is now the fertile ground for hopefully many new adventures to come. While I understand that upsets some, I find it to be the very point of Star Trek - 'To boldy go....'
There is also, somewhat of a lack of depth, allegory or philosphical undertones but since this is a reintroduction and rebuilding of the foundations, frankly, I can wait for the sequel for that - this was about showing the formation of the crew, nothing else and it still has an emotional depth severely lacking from the last couple of films.
It remains to be seen what the sequels, now confirmed, will add to this first act in a new story - but I, for one, look forward to it with enthusiasm!