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My story begins yesterday (Sunday), when a friend loaned me the "new" Star Trek, which I hadn't yet watched, nor did I plan to go ahead and watch it last night, but it turned out that I had watched most of my shows live this past week so there wasn't much on the DVR, so I said "hell with it" and popped in Star Trek...

Now most folks (I think) know I'm not generally a fan of prequels so I wasn't expecting to really like this movie - the only question was whether I'd hate it or just not like it, but it turns out I actually liked it. And lots of things I'd heard about this movie - well, makes me wonder if I got some previously unknown copy of the movie or something, because I don't think McCoy actually drank a drop, and I'd heard this movie made him into a borderline alcoholic. Hell, I'm not sure Scotty even drink anything.

Was it perfect? Probably not, but it certainly wasn't as bad as I was expecting based on the reactions of others - I actually think I love it. There were two characters that this movie didn't get quite right, though I can't exactly put my finger on what exactly was wrong with them. But neither Uhura or Chekov seemed quite like the original Uhura and Chekov, but neither were far enough off to drive me crazy either.
And, okay, there were times where it felt like the actor playing young!McCoy was trying to be DeForest Kelley rather than a young Bones McCoy, but I admit that didn't bother all that much, once or twice, but mostly it wasn't an issue.

One reason it probably didn't drive me crazy was because I thought young Spock (not baby!Spock) was as close to perfect as any actor could've made him. Young!Scotty was also as close to perfect as he could be, and I didn't think young!Kirk was that far off, and most of the "glitches" from this Kirk to the first Kirk could be explained by his fathers untimely death in the new timeline, I think. Though I do think they shouldn't have tried to explain HOW Kirk beat Starfleets unbeatable test. It's like Anya's (from Buffy) fear of rabbits, it was much better until the show tried to explain it.
Actually, I think Trek handled the test thing slightly better than Whedon with the rabbit thing, but only slightly better.

So, spank me, Trek hard-core, for I am naughty - I like NuTrek.

Okay, first when I rewatched the movie I realized that I was mistaken - McCoy takes one drink, right after meeting Kirk and after telling him his life story... But one drink does not an alcoholic make.

I also can't believe I forgot to mention the dude playing Sulu, because he was the BOMB! Seriously, the actor playing Sulu totally nailed it, perhaps even better than anyone else (except maybe the actor playing Scotty), because while he (Sulu) didn't have a really large part, he was still working some subtle stuff that never failed to make me believe he was young Sulu.
(I may be biased for Scotty, because he had the best line of the movie - "You bet your ass, Captain!" Although Spock's line to McCoy about wandering the halls weeping comes in a close second. But I don't think that one line truly biases me, because even before that I thought he was a perfect young Scotty.
PS - I also LOVED Spock Prime's reaction to young Scotty - it was absolutely perfect.

Also, I know some thought young!Spock was to emotional (along with younger!Sarek), but Spock is half human, and I have no trouble believing that a young Spock was more emotional than first Spock, and that's why I like Nu!Spock, the actor managed to walk the fine line of being emotional without being overly emotional. Okay, yes, after his mother was killed and his planet destroyed he got a little emotional, but that also worked, because I totally believe even first Spock would have more than a little emotion in that situation, and that is also why I don't have a problem with Sarek admitting to loving Amanda and Spock, because he didn't do all that until after she was killed and the planet destroyed, so for me that worked.
That's also why while I have a problem with Spock kicking Kirk off the ship, I have no problem with Spock kicking Kirk off the ship, because it totally proves that Spock was emotionally compromised.

Okay, so I do have one problem with the whole young!Spock thing, and that is when the other Vulcan children are picking on him. Sure, human children I could totally see doing that, but it did feel wrong for Vulcan children to... Okay, not wrong exactly, but the baby!Vulcans picking on baby!Spock came across as just as emotional as baby!Spock, which is probably why that scene just didn't work for me, because all the "Vulcan" children seemed way to human in that sequence.

But now my liking of AUs has totally kicked in, because I find myself wondering how much this would change events from the original TNG, DS9, and VOY. Weirdly enough I think in a way VOY would probably be more obviously affected. I mean did Tuvok (or his parents) survive? If not, then no Tuvok for Janeway, and if no Tuvok perhaps no Voyager period since I believe he was the main reason she took off to the badlands in the first place. So, while it seems that a Fed ship would probably be sent even in this new reality it might not be Janeway who captains the ship.
I'm with you. There are some unnecessary changes (ones that have nothing to do with the changed timeline) and some inconsistancies, but it really is a great movie.

It probably doesn't help that I have a major crush on the guy who plays NuKirk. Shatner was never one of my crushes, even Kirk!Shatner, but guh. Everthing about NuKirk, right down to the way he smiles, is sexy. NuSpock is right on. He's the perfect blend. I do think he's perhaps a bit more human than original Spock, but I can live with that. I agree with you that Checkov and Uhura were a bit off, but it still worked.

Didn't they already explain how Kirk beat the test. Didn't we already know that he reprogrammed it?
I think (I think) that most of the changes that were outside of timeline issues had more to do with the people behind NuTrek trying to give it a more update futuristic look, because admittedly Trek itself doesn't/isn't exactly aging well.
And I try, I don't always succeed, but I try to forgive glitches that stem from updating something to the times, unless, of course, they really really bother me, and with this movie they didn't.

I'm still not sure what was "off" about Checkov, but I think maybe the reason Uhura seemed off, might be the whole updating with the times thing.

Lastly, the test - the original series/movies may have explained it. Off the top of my head, I could only remember it being mentioned (quite often) that he beat the test, but I don't remember how he did it ever being explained.

*shrug* I could be wrong and the series itself may have explained it, and I just missed it/don't remember.
In Wrath of Khan, Kirk said that he reprogrammed the test. He didn't say exactly how he reprogrammed it, but he did explain that much. Although in that universe, he was praised for original thinking and was still considered to have passed the test, as I recall.
Crap, now that you mention it, I do believe I remember that. So, oops, my bad.
Though in my defense, I admit I'm not the fan of KHAAAAAAN! (the movie or the character) that most Trek fans are, so I haven't rewatched that movie quite as much as most people.