I have never criticized JJ Trek for lack of character growth, at least I don't think I have. Spock certainly has grown in them. Kirk too, though he still seems jerky to me. Its (guess what...) style is not to my taste. But I AM looking for good, humane, wonder-filled sci-fi, not character arcs. Movie-wise I am more of a TMP-TVH-INS guy, if that tells ya anything, though I love TWOK a lot too, for its great, human moments. Your and others' mileage certainly varies. Cool.