JJ has done good work with Trek and a lot of us Trek fans should be grateful.
I think I'm more grateful towards CBS at keeping Trek relevant with their work on the TV series with loads of fantastic stories than JJ and crew making only one rehashed story every four years.
Trek09 showed that they might have had an interest in taking Star Trek somewhere interesting, until STID showed that they actually had no interest at all. Seek out new life? A mere pre-title teaser before everything heads back to Earth for the majority of the film. If you can't make a Star Trek film without having Earth be the place where most of your story is focused on, you're not doing Star Trek any favors.