Everyone else is going to love the new Star Trek movie, but not me. It's got great visuals, great casting, great acting, great editing, and just about everything you'd want in a Hollyword blockbuster movie. It's got all the appropriate "in" jokes that left the Trekkies in the audience giggling throughout the movie. For me, though, it's not what I want from a Star Trek movie.
First of all, I hate time travel. It's a form of "deus ex machina". If you allow time travel in your universe, then the universe has no rules because people can go back and change what happened. Everything becomes a loose end. If the bad guys blow up a planet, just go back in time and kill their grandfather. It means no story truly exists, because someone can come back from the future and change the story. It's the second worst plot device in sci-fi (the worst is where at the end you realize it was all a dream). Time travel is the last refuge of incompetent writers; if they can't figure out how to fit a prequel into the Star Trek universe, they simple go back in time and change the universe.
Second, the movie isn't sci-fi enough. What makes sci-fi different than other genres is that the "setting" is as interesting as "plot" and "character". Blade Runner would have been a good movie, but what made it a great movie was the distopic, cyberpunk vision of the future. In the new Star Trek, the setting is more of an update to the latest fashion rather than the latest technology. It sure is pretty, but it's not interesting.
Lastly, and most importantly, is that the movie is the opposite of Rodenberry's original vision. Rodenberry showed us future not just where technology had improved, but where people had improved as well. Spock's logic wasn't something to look down upon, it was something to look up to. Things like the "Prime Directive" showed the importance of ethics. In this new Star Trek, the opposite is true. Kirk acts like a small minded jerk, demonstrates no moral fiber or great character, and yet is mysteriously promoted above those who do show character. I suppose this is what Hollywood has to do in order to sell movies. Everyone wants more money. However, if you are producing a movie, you don't make one that glorifies hard work, risk taking, education, or saving. Instead, you show movies where rich people steal money and act like greedy bastards, so the audience can feel better about themselves for their lack of industry, risk taking, education, or savings.
It was Rodenberry's belief in mankind that made the original Star Trek series a commercial flop, but cult favorite. I guess you can have one, or the other, but not both.