I think Picard was pretty dead-on in Insurrection. He didn't get much action really and his more memorable scenes are of him giving moral speeches.
We didn't get anything as pointless as say, a young Kirk fleeing from the police in a car blaring out classic rock
. Or a random ice monster attack. All the action in Insurrection made sense in its placement in the film, even if some things are goofy like the joystick.
I think it's perfectly true to Riker's character that he thinks he can make the Enterprise do what he wants simply by taking a firm grip on his stick and giving it a little waggle.