An interesting review. The only part I disagree with is that the real Kirk (from TOS, played by Bill Shatner) is implied to be as arrogant as Nu-Kirk (Pine).
"Spock’s death excuses the arrogance of stranding Khan on a planet without telling anybody, of hijacking the Enterprise while it’s on a cadet cruise in the pursuit of glory." No, it was all about Kirk's greatness, not arrogance. He offered Khan to build his own world, without risking anybody else. Okay, the planet was blown off-course, but who knew that? And hijacking the Enterprise wasn't in pursuit of glory. Kirk was a flag officer, entrusted with the secret of Genesis, the most powerful force in the Trekverse this side of the Omega Molecule. He had to protect it, at all costs.