Originally Posted by Red Brooklyn
This is interesting to me because you seem to be implying that Abrams abandoned a more character driven story, but also that he didn't deliver a great plot. Those ideas seem like they could be in conflict. They aren't necessarily, but they could be.
Did you like the reboot? And what do you think Abrams & Co did well if not plot and character?
Would you say spectacle was his number one priority? Or at least, that he made a film where the spectacle was better executed than plot and character?
Because I don't think anyone could argue that the spectacle of the film was outstanding. The visuals are phenomenal.
I thought the plot was well executed, if a little straight forward. Unless we're considering the nature of the reboot as part of the plot. In which case, I'd say the plot was genius.
This is the first franchise reboot that I've ever seen that is a genuine reboot.
But, at it's core, it's the characters that elevated the movie, for me. If it had just been an action extravaganza with no substance, I wouldn't own it and watch it over and over again.
I liked the reboot but it was different than traditional Star Trek.
The characters were fine, but they still lacked the chemistry that the old cast had built up.
Plotwise it fell short...it was mostly about spectacle and building up a few key characters.
It'll be interesting to see how they proceed.