Joseph Cambell said that Star Wars was about the "Journey of the Hero"
Roddenberry said Star Trek was about the commom man and woman.
Looking back at the Greek Fables, Aesop's Fables, and Thurber's Fables I see the value of story telling.
The last Star Trek film had to tell a lot of stories to tell to get the ball rolling again. So many they did not finish a few, (like why Cadet Kirk changed the programimg on the "Kobayashi Maru Test" the no win scenario and defending not giving up).
Less lens flair, more story.
Check out the play or movie, 12 Angry Men. Conflict, Cammer angles, counting raised hands. Special effects, one thunder storm.