Major spoilers follow, I guess, albeit mostly stuff everybody's been expecting since roughly the end of the last movie.
So let me get this straight.
Eric Bana travels back in time and kills Kirk's father.
And this causes Ricardo Montalbán to turn into Benedict Cumberbatch?
Did that happen 300 years prior to the era Bana actually traveled to, or did it cause an already cryogenically-frozen Ricardo Montalbán to turn into Benedict Cumberbatch?
Like, was he really surprised when he woke up?
I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop and for the real Khan to be the guy in the pod they had to open up to save Kirk.
I mean, it's not like the plot reasons for Khan's ethnicity and national origin changing are that important. There is a rather strong argument to be made against the Hollywood trend of recasting minority roles with white guys (and no, trolls, casting Laurence Fishburne as Perry White is not "the exact same thing", because you see making a film's cast more diverse is not the exact same thing as making it less diverse), and, moreover, there are some rather regressive overtones in making the ultimate genetic model of a human being a pasty white guy. But as for the plot reasons? You could really handwave all that stuff. Whatever; it's just a movie; they recast the guy. Don't think too hard about it.
Which would be much much easier to do if the last act of the film weren't spent beating you about the head and shoulders with Wrath of Khan references.
After the first couple, I thought, You know, I'm getting way more out of this than people who haven't seen Wrath of Khan recently.
By the end of the film, I thought, You know, they're much happier for not getting all those damn references.
Hell, I was the only person in the theater who laughed out loud when Spock yelled "Khaaaaaaaaaaan!"
Anyway. I'm a casual Trek fan. I've seen a few episodes and movies here and there; I generally enjoy them.
I can definitely see the fans' gripes that the new movies are dumbed-down action flicks -- but what the hell, they've been pretty entertaining, and impeccably cast.
I still love Benedict Cumberbatch. Even if I don't think they should have cast him as a Mexican.