I have a good background for accepting different actors playing the same character, after all I love opera, and opera is nothing but the same role sung by different people. I have no problem with that, though, naturally, I've developed various favorites for various roles over the years.
Same with movies. I have no problem with James Bond being played by multiple people. I grew up with Sean Connery and Roger Moore, loved Timothy Dalton (wish he'd gotten more than two films), barely tolerated Pierce Brosnan (and only in Golden Eye, because the other actors and the director excel in the film), and embraced Daniel Craig with all my heart and soul. All that hatred I harbor for Quantum of Solace is aimed solely at the director and his cameramen; Daniel Craig can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned. I even like George Lazenby.
I'm okay with various incarnations of Sherlock Holmes, though Basil Rathbone is still my favorite. But I particularly enjoy Seven Percent Solution, Murder by Decree, and the wonderful Without a Clue.
So, why do I have such a huge block against this new Star Trek film opening today?
As with Bond, I grew up with the original Star Trek, but not just with a handful of films watched on Sunday Night at the Movies on TV, but with three seasons of eps. They were shown daily all through my childhood, and we basically watched an ep a day for years. So, does the sheer quantity of hours spent with Star Trek preclude accepting anyone else in the roles? Because right now, the thought of someone other than William Shatner playing Kirk... yeah, that's a grimace on my face.
And yet, I have a very forgiving background on such things. I should be able to accept this, go with the flow, kick back, and enjoy the new film.
So, do I get over my personal hangups and go see it tomorrow with family? Or do I let them go first and give me a "yes, you won't miss the original actors, you must see it" or a "skip! you'll hate it" review? That way, if it's the latter, I never have to have memories of the film in my head. But if I go with them, I also avoid spoilers, something I can't stand.
I really can't decide what to do.
It probably doesn't help that I hate the trailer.