Kirk: I think I have the least to say about him, because he made the most of the opportunity to remold the character without changing it. If he didn’t seem Kirk-like to some, it’s a reminder of how much Shatner’s performance hinged - on - mannerisms, the abrupt! Gesture. There was one perfect moment when he nailed Shatner-as-Kirk, though: walking on to the bridge at the end of the movie. They must have loved that in the rushes, and it makes you wonder how much more he could have done. It was wise not to do more.
I saw Star Trek this weekend, and while I have complaints, all is forgiven. The movie is a *whole* lot of fun. I rate it "full evening price", and I expect to see it in the theater at least one more time at a matinee.