JJ Abrams' spirited reimagining of the Star Fleet's first voyage is a wonderful combination of fan reverence and blockbuster showmanship.
The film focuses on the formation of the Starship Enterprise crew, introducing us to youthful versions of the most iconic and beloved Star Trek characters. As origin stories go, it doesn't disappoint.
Abrams' reboot manages to invigorate the Star Trek franchise, to make it all seem fresh without losing the core sensibility that made the series and subsequent films such enduring classics.
Amongst the film's many pleasures is a perfectly chosen cast, with performances that deftly balance homage to the original players against spirited new interpretations of each role. The actors put their own stamp on these much loved characters, which means that at the end of the day, Trekkie or not, Star Trek is a rollicking good ride.