I can't put my finger on what was missing from the film. It was just very...blah. I know a lot of people weren't happy about Justin Lin directing, but I don't think it was any more of an action movie than the other two. Something seemed wrong with the pacing, I think? And for some reason, there wasn't much chemistry between the characters? I punctuate all of this with a question mark because I'm genuinely confused by why it wasn't a good movie. I loved the lead alien babe, Uhura got to save the day, Spock and McCoy went on a mission and snarked at each other...I feel like the film probably looked awesome on paper and for some reason came out bland as cardboard.
There is a really nice moment at the end where new!Spock looks at a photo of Spock Prime with the crew of the original Enterprise. I got a little teary at that. And Scotty's character was very vibrant. Probably because Simon Pegg got to write the script. Other than that...meh.