Just saw this today, liked it a great deal. The most/first substantial movie with this cast. And the first where the character beats and interactions felt right to me, Bones in particular. Though possibly Uhura felt out of place sometimes in her role as "person who the villain explains their plan to." Poor poor blue shirt alien lady...save the artifact in your weird hair, get disintegrated for your trouble.
Jaylah was great, and I don't just mean the actor was great--she's a really well-designed alien, like something out of a comic book involving scavenging postapocalyptic wastelands.
Krall, on the other hand...I dunno, he looked like Scorpius from Farscape without the black leather. Some aesthetics work better in Trek than others...like really elaborate aliens feel out of place to me in Trek. Personal thing.
I could not follow the scene where Kirk and Chekhov are sliding down the Enterprise and not falling to their deaths and somehow not getting squished like bad alien lady was. That was the only action bit that stood out for me as really not working. The Sabotage bit, on the other hand, worked really well. The prolonged destruction of the Enterprise worked well, though I feel like Trek science should be sufficiently advanced
Did we get a scientific gobbledygook explanation for why they didn't just beam the artifact outside Yorktown? I know I shouldn't care about that. Oh, Yorktown was fantastic-looking by the way, skyscrapers and rivers inside a space station....good old science fictionny wonder.
I want to see this again, which is a good sign for me continuing to like this film. I'm not a huge TOS fan (will we ever get a New Generation reboot? that's my iconic cast)--actually I guess I'm more of a fan of the TOS movies than the show. And this definitely felt like a good TOS movie.