I made no secret of my fears for the upcoming Star Trek movie last fall, when the first trailer came out. But now the final trailer is out. And I have to confess that despite any previous reservations, I’m still sold.
I may not agree with the direction that Abrams is taking this reboot. I might not like some of the character decisions, based on the material that I’ve seen so far. But after seeing more details, it looks like it’s going to be a hell of a movie.
Also, I must admit that my argument of making Kirk into an anti-hero being too different from the original story may have been premature. Naturally I’ll reserve final judgment for the movie itself, but with the additional pieces in this trailer — especially Pike challenging Kirk to join Starfleet, and Kirk stepping up to take command like his father had years before — the picture is becoming more and more interesting.
Sure, a trailer is never a perfect window into the whole movie — after all, the whole point is to show off some of the most interesting points to get people interested enough to buy a ticket and see for themselves. (Plus lots and lots of explosions.) But compare this trailer with those of the last three Next Generation movies: First Contact had a mediocre trailer for a great movie. Insurrection and Nemesis had great trailers for mediocre movies.
I guess the only way to be sure whether this will be a great trailer for a great movie is to be there in May.