Today I finally had the opportunity to watch the new Star Trek movie, unfortunately in German. I liked it very much. I’ve never been a Trekkie, although Star Trek: The Original Series marked my childhood to a significant extent (in the beginning in black and white at my grandparents’ home). The real fans were perhaps unhappy about the changed timeline. On the other hand, changing the timeline (and thus the plot) is a good idea, especially to improve the suspense of the story, which takes place about the time between the last season of the television series and the first of the original series (set in the 2200s).
The film has to solve a difficult problem: it has to “marry” the poor optics of the original series with what is possible and expected from nowadays’ visual effects. In its plot, it introduces the main characters of the original series in their younger days (though in a changed timeline). Contrary to the original cowboy-like characters, they have a more down-to-earth love and sex life. Fortunately, this aspect is not too obnoxious. The actors are cute and play very professionally (again contrary to the original series). I liked Anton Yelchin best, who played the young Pavel Chekov.
All in all, this is a film that I can recommend to all who know the (original) series; for newcomers to Star Trek, the film is understandable, but a lot of fun is lost.