Characters like Picard make shows stand out more. If it weren't for Grissom CSI would never have gotten so popular.
For a movie they'd probably have to go with a younger Picard who, like NuKirk, just beams in and shoots everyone instead of outsmarting them. Or they'd have to play him off a younger Riker who is a reckless upstart womanizer. If they did that they could make a more intellectual Pucard work so long as he gets pulled out of his comfort zone.