I made it to the theatre to see Star Trek: Into Darkness the other day. Here are my thoughts
Captain, scanners are detecting major SPOILERS ahead. Proceed with caution.
Into Darkness was...a good movie. I...rather enjoyed it.
I enjoyed what was done with the first installment of this reboot. How it allowed itself to do its own thing without throwing away what came before. It was an interesting and fun retelling. This film follows suit.
The casting of the main crew remains exemplary. Every cast member compliments their forebears and manages to be entertaining in their own right. Pine, Quinto, Saldana, Cho, Urban, Yelchin...they all make me smile. And...*sigh* as much as I loathe to admit it given what a douchebag he's revealed himself to be in real life, Simon Pegg still makes me laugh and I have to admit he's very talented (though I wonder if he realizes the irony that he's playing the type of character he's specifically bashed in the past?).
Benedict Cumberbatch is also a welcome breath of fresh awesome. I knew going into it that he was Kahn. No, I wasn't spoiled, but I didn't buy a word of that "brand new character" crap. If it walks like Kahn and quacks like Kahn, it's obviously Kahn.
The soryline was an interesting retelling and reimagining of not only "Wrath," but of Kahn's original appearance on the classic series. Of course, there were some ham-fisted shout-outs to Kahn, including a reversal of the climactic scene and the infamous yell, but it's no worse than similar movies doing similar shout-outs.
It was well-crafted and well directed. All of the choices really worked for Star Trek.
...tickling in the back of my mind the whole time was the feeling that, while right for Star Trek, these choices would be absolutely wrong for a certain other series the director is working on at the moment. And I just hope Abrams realizes that.