I’m trying to reserve judgment, but there’s a fundamental conflict that I just can’t get around with regards to the latest Star Trek. William Shatner’s James T. Kirk is one of the most compelling fictional characters ever developed, but is largely the result of an accident; Shatner’s mediocre acting combined unexpectedly with Roddenberry’s mediocre writing to create something magical. A recreation of Kirk can go in one of two directions. On the one hand, the actor can attempt to imitate Shatner; this would seem difficult to accomplish and self-defeating if successfully executed. On the other hand, the actor can attempt to develop a new Kirk; this runs up against the problem that James T. Kirk is, sans Shatner, just not a very interesting character concept.
Thus, I remain unconvinced.