Secondhand Smokette and I caught the Star Trek prequel today, and I thoroughly enjoyed it as a fun adventure, but more precisely, as a loving homage to the original series (which I used to watch in the dorm in college, can you believe it?). What was fun is that the young actors playing Kirk, Spock, Bones, Scotty, Ohura, Chekov, and Sulu, wisely do not do imitations of Shatner, Nimoy, et. al. , and yet take moments in which they eerily capture the essence of the characters as depicted by the original stars. If you are a fan of going “where no man has gone before,” you will enjoy this picture very much.
This review by the SF Chronicle’s Mick LaSalle, with whose attitudes I generally disagree, is spot on.