At long last, I finally took a break from keeping track of my life in six-minute increments and saw me that new-fangled Star Treks movie. I really enjoyed it. I won't bother to rehash the ground already covered by the many other people who have no doubt written on why it is a great movie. Suffice it to say, I giggled like a little girl through the entire film.
Today, I was confronted many times by the question, "Did you like it better than Star Wars?" What a stupid question. Despite the fact that I have a firm answer, I find that kind of debate meaningless and detrimental. Is it not enough that we have two great movie franchises that we can enjoy? Why must we waste our time in deciding which of two great things is better? Does something have to be "better" or "the best" to be enjoyed? Absolutely not. I repeat, what a stupid question.*
I also think this is a stupid debate because there are 13 other Star Trek movies to compare it to, not to mention the 4 spin-off shows plus the original. If any debate could be had, it would be over which of the movies is the best, but that too, would be a meaningless exercise.
Rather, I am happy enough to say that I very much enjoyed the movie. Was it the best Star Trek movie ever made? I don't know, I've only seen it once. Even were I in a position to have that discussion, the bar has been set very high (Kahn, Undiscovered Country, First Contact).
And yes, I absolutely will see it again.
*Notice that rather than engage in a meaningful analysis of the issues, I resort to petty name-calling and attacking the debate itself. Yes, I am throwing away 15 years of advocacy training. Good times.