Visually astonishing and fast-paced. The cast tries their best but the film lacks character warmth and believable chemistry. The movie do have some good humor and the addition of Sofia Boutella is a high point. The worst thing is the overkill in CGI action and it seems strange that by the third film the characters are already talking about retirement and going to new pastures.
Studios, learn this mantra: screenwriting isn't Mad Libs. Throwing more writers at a broken script is like slathering fistfuls of ointment on a sucking chest wound. The patient is dead, Jim. Just start over. Please. However, props to Pegg, Jung and Lin for trying to keep it together, giving us the wonderful Jaylah and the heartfelt tributes to Nimoy and Yelchin.
Full of convenient solutions, none of the storylines were important, Scotty's leather jacket was the coolest looking element, and the only surprise was that it was Idris Elba all along. "Sabotage" to save the day (and the ensuing quips) is dumb. Also, when plummeting down a cliff, one would be pushed back into the chair, not dangling by the straps.
The first half has some good elements: the portrayal of Kirk's disillusionment, the rapport between McCoy and Spock and the first big battle are especially good, all hinting at a possible return to the form and original spirit of the franchise. Sadly, it fails to follow through on this promise: interesting plot elements are not pursued in sufficient depth, Idris Elba is wasted and the denouement is ludicrous. Damn.
better than two, still worse than one, good up to a poiint but once final act action kicks in there is only so many nail biting moments you can take before you inevitably drift off into snore trek... additional: this was so forgettable i got through a whole hour again before realising i had already seen. beyond boring