What? Didn't I say that my dislike wasn't simply because it wasn't Trek-ish? How does your response follow...
Here is an excellent dissection of the movie that doesn't resort to comparing it with old Trek. It just explains why it's a bad movie in its own right.
This was an interesting read, thanks for posting it.
I don't agree with this guy's opinion at all on the action sequences though. I thought one thing the new Star Trek/Generic Space Action Film did very well was have coherent action sequences. It was always easy to figure out where everything was in relation to everything else, and they did a good job of the whole big picture/small picture stuff even if the situations themselves seemed ludicrously contrived. Take the sequence when they try to disable the drill for example - lots of elements in play that all came together in a way that made sense, with pretty cool choreography thrown in. Never mind that it seems ridiculous that getting people ON THE DRILL ITSELF was the ONLY POSSIBLE WAY to disable it, but whatever.
Also I did think the character development was just fine. You could argue, as I think this guy is trying to, that the character ARC for Kirk and Spock doesn't make a whole lot of sense (and I might agree with some of that), but that's just one element of what character development is. We get a very good sense during the course of the movie of who these various people are, what they can do, and how they relate to each other. There is not a lot of time for the acting to stretch its legs (also a point made by this fellow), but the characters have very well defined roles and we learn a lot of things about them and how we can expect them to act. That is character development. It counts. They may be caricatures more than characters with lots of depth to them so far, but the groundwork has certainly been laid to explore them if they go that way in the sequel (which remains to be seen).
There are elements of the plot that don't hold up to the barest modicum of scrutiny, but again I'd make the argument that as "Space Action Film", Star Trek Abrams holds up pretty well. Sometimes a candy bar can be just what you need once in awhile, even if it doesn't necessarily enrich you in any meaningful way. I think it's a pretty solid action flick. I wouldn't call it a "great movie" like I'd call Citizen Kane a great movie or anything, and yes of course it could have been better, but it's pretty far from terrible as these things go.
Now, if we talk about it as a STAR TREK movie, in the tradition of the Star Trek universe... well that's another story isn't it? But even if I think it is basically terrible as a traditional Star Trek movie, I can still enjoy it as something new. It doesn't diminish the universe in any way and it takes pains in what passes for the plot to distance itself from that universe, and that means one can always just go back to the old stuff and enjoy it as it exists now.
The new universe is vastly reduced in wonder and the thematic elements that made Star Trek so precious and meaningful to so many - but it can still be simply fun. Sometimes the only thing to do is let go, and that's how I basically chose to handle it because it sure beats being bitter about its existence.