Technically, the fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek's first season continues into spring 2017. But 2016 was the anniversary year. There were conventions, related books, videos, fan tributes, though not as much as you might expect. And there was the latest feature film, Star Trek Beyond, shown in theaters last summer and released on DVD and related formats late in the year. That's how I've finally seen it.
Similarly, the convention of people speaking different languages, which the unseen universal translator is turning into English. But such a device doesn't govern how an alien's mouth moves, yet the actors are always shown speaking English. In one scene here at least, we see the alien speaking the alien language (and hear it muffled) while we hear the translation. And then there's that futuristic device aboard the Franklin, the seat belt.
The most elegant moment of contrast was when the villain says he was born to conflict (kill or be killed), and Kirk says he was born to rescue (all for one and one for all)--literally true, for his father saved the Kelvin at the cost of his own life as Kirk was being born, which ties in with Kirk and McCoy's first birthday conversation.
The dramatic arc is Kirk and Spock at the beginning both planning to leave the Enterprise, though neither knows what the other is thinking. After 3 years in space, Kirk is disillusioned with Starfleet's mission--what are we doing out here? (It's a question that the villain addresses in the negative--suggesting issues of conquest etc. that aren't really dealt with.) Spock is reacting to the death of Spock prime, for the actor Leonard Nimoy and the character he played have both died. The Kelvin timeline, movie Spock feels a duty to replace him in reviving his civilization on New Vulcan.
It seems clearer to me that we're dealing with a Paramount Star Trek and a CBS Star Trek in terms of new stories. In retrospect, J.J. did everyone a favor by creating the alternate time line universe. It can be embraced or ignored. Either way this film seems to make no change, let alone addition, in the soul of Star Trek.