JJ Abrams recently sat down with Buzzfeed and opened up about the problems with Star Trek Into Darkness. Although the film was a huge success financially, it wound up being heavily criticized while comparing to the initial reboot.
On conceptual issues: “Any movie, any story has a fundamental conversation happening during it. There’s a fundamental argument; there’s a central question. And I didn’t have it [with Into Darkness].”
On the unclear relationship between Kirk and Spock: “What was their issue? What was their dynamic? What was their problem? And it wasn’t really clear. It was a little bit lightweight, ultimately, that Kirk was disappointed that Spock didn’t feel that their friendship was as meaningful to him as it did to Kirk, which is sort of what we’re saying. And that Spock’s arc is coming to unabashedly love his friend Kirk.”
JJ’s overall assessment: “I would never say that I don’t think that the movie ended up working. But I feel like it didn’t work as well as it could have had I made some better decisions before we started shooting.”