I'm mostly just trying to be honest. It's better than JJ's first two, but not that good. I would consider everything I say more of a fair warning. Other people here have said it's great. It's not. I'm giving it credit if only because Justin Lin and Simon Pegg clearly are fans who tried. There's still a lot of the same problems, non-Star Trek things included. But there's more Star Trek here than before.
You will hate how they get the Franklin airborne.
I've seen those production sketches. I should have been more clear. It's the first time seen set to film.
The special effects are the only praise I could give the first two JJ films. However, every shot of the Enterprise is too close. The only time you ever saw the full body of the ship in all of the first two movies is when the hull is being constructed on Earth. Justin Lin understands the glamour shots from the original films. You get a lot of full body shots, and fly-by's and stuff akin to something you would see in Star Trek II or Star Trek III. Mind the idiotic, non-Star Trek, space station. It is a very Star Trek-esque sequence though.
I'll also give Justin Lin kudos for attempting to show how warp actually functions. It's not just a hyperspace tunnel like very other depiction. He actually understood there's a bubble generated around the ship and tried to visualize that. It's still not terribly accurate but it's another first and at least a little interesting even if it is just an FX shot.