I don't understand some of the negativity here... it's pathetic. If J. J. Abrams isn't innovative, perfectionist, smart and daring, I don't know who is... he created Lost. Lost turned out to be a boring mess after the first two seasons, but if the beginning wasn't innovative, exciting, suprising and every-good-thing-bundled-together, I don't know what else was. And JJ was only involved in the best part of the series. Similar with Star Trek '09. It needed a rethinking... oh, the characters weren't the same and did things they would've never done in the classic Star Trek? That was the point, people! I can understand why a Trekkie would be angry over that, but Star Trek has been changed and became fresh and exciting again. I liked the movie and it's untrue it didn't have a story, and most importanly it had interesting characters with interesting interactions, a nice dramaturgy and nice visuals. It was virtually everything the prequel trilogy should've been.
The only work by JJ Abrams that I've seen and made me disappointed, was Super 8, because it was just a child movie. But it was still an excellent job in its own way. JJ captured the beloved '80s feeling and looks and everything, too bad he was too respectful and reused the old story without updating it.
JJ Abrams would have been my first choice for the new Star Wars too. I may be a little wrong, and there are smarter guys out there. JJ Abrams still has to be in Top 5, at least, in the worst case. Choosing Abrams as director is good news, but half of the people just whining about it. Why not bring back George for them? Duh.
Making Episode VII visually fit in with what has gone before isn't a problem. Not when you can just change what has gone before to fit with what you are doing now (Episode VII)! I look forward to finally picking up the OT on Blu-Ray in the future, only because all the lens flares they will have to add to match Episode VII will obscure all the other "creative decisions" aka visual faults the 2004/2011 transfers have!
For the record I very much enjoyed the 2009 Star Trek film when I wasn't being distracted by all the blinding lens flares!
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