Seriously, the first, what ten minutes of this movie has enough action to make your head explode. And I don't mean that in a bad way, it's made of pure concentrated awesome. This movie seriously rocked my socks off on so many levels, maybe partly because I had absolutely no expectations going into it. I loved almost everything about it. The set designs, the costuming, the special effects (I'm not sure I've geekgasmed over special effects like I did for this movie: Warp drive. Phasers. Transporters. All are just wow.) Just... everything. The story, the homages to classic Trek, the action, the creatures, the cultures (they look different, but not just because of forehead ridges *cheers*), the attention to detail, and above all--the characters.
Seriously, I think I fell in love with each and every crew member. Jim is charming, captivating, and utterly a jerk but a ultimately a wonderful one. Bones, OMG, Bones is so adorably loyal to Jim and absolutely hilarious in his own way. Uhara is smart and competent. Sulu kicks ass and swashbuckles. Chekov is adorable. Scotty made me cackle and howl. They have Captain Pike, and he too is awesome. And Spock... oh, Sylar-Spock *pets*, just so... so... perfect. Both of them.
It all comes together to make one hell of a film. While I've enjoyed the other Trek films, they did not make me throw my arms up in glee like this one did. I do suggest seeing it in theaters if you can, because the soundtrack and the score is just as great as the rest of the movie. We were close to a speaker, so every time a ship went into warp, you could feel it.
In conclusion: if for some reason you're reading this and you haven't watched this movie... DO IT. I do not normally squee like this over films.