I liked the film, but not because of the film. I couldnt stop laughing at all the one liners, crew interplay, and thought the chemistry was classic. With McCoy and Scotty being pure genius. I also actually cheered when the bald guy actually spoke -does he have a name?- But thats pretty much where my enjoyment ended.
I preferred the villain until he was revealed to be Kahn, i think it just blowed and as far as I'm concerned they didn't need to have him be Kahn and was just thrown in the for the hell of it. More of a 'look guys, we have the same villain as the original second movie aren't we cool'.
I also cant believe you actually liked the Spock/Kirk Kahn reverse, it actually made me cringe while watching it was that bad. Plus anyone with a brain saw what was coming the moment the Tribble was injected. Which makes the Kahn scene worse, since it robs Spocks 'revenge' of any real emotion that scene could have had because we knew he was coming back.
-Im going to use actors names for this part because i dont want to cause confusion.I didn't like Quinto contacting Nimoy either. That was god awful. So what I'm going to break rules because its Kahn!? While Quinto Spock is more open to his human side, Nimoy never was and logic wouldn't have allowed him to mention Kahn to Quinto. Also Nimoy Kahn was in part the danger because of his vendetta against Kirk because of Space Seed, the loss of his Wife and in the end, the loss of his crew/family hence the explosion, he had nothing left. All those factors are what made Nimoy Kahn so deadly and widely revered as a villain. Quinto Kahn had none of that. And while he wanted vengeance, it was primarily against the admiral. Yes he by extension wanted Starfleet destroyed it wasn't his primary goal. So for Quinto just to listen to Nimoy about a Kahn from another timeline and treat his Kahn as if it were the same danger and evil just didn't make any sense to me.
The whole Admiral wanting to start a war was terrible, especially since in the first film Starfleet is refereed to as an Armada ie a collection of Warships. Not this nice lovely peace core - though i know that in Generations, the subsequent films and DS9 the federation we portrayed to be rather dark considering.
Only real positive I can see is that possibly the film is opened up for a Klingon war but even I'm not sure of that since I cant remember if the Klingons found out if they were actualy with Starfleet or not.
This is a minor point but im also not sold of the Spock/Ohura relationship, it really bothers me and just seems forced. Though this could be i think there will only be one person to love Spock and that was Christine Chapel. But this just sit right, then in the shuttle with Ohura mad at Spock for not having an emotional response...... Wow, just wow......
I could go on but im busy with other things. Btw im not flaming the film, im just after a discussion about it
If you liked it, you liked it.