I rank TMP as my favorite Trek film. So yes I think it was a good start.
I confess TWoK is my favourite but there's a lot to love in TMP. It's certainly my favourite Enterprise. I think with a bit more interplay and camaraderie between the junior staff in the latter 2/3 of the movie and a landing party featuring more than just the Big 3 and it would be a real contender for me.
My little Youtube comic was born out of a desire to explore what a TMP style Phase II series with Decker and Ilia might have been like.