It’s really surprising to watch the film after the furor surrounding the franchise’s decision to make Sulu gay. You would think it was thematically central, but is quite frankly barely noticeable. I generally lean towards the more traditional Trekkie’s perspective (and George Takai’s) that the decision was unfortunate, but not something to get overly worked up about. An expansive and inclusive Star Trek Universe is vitally important, but ultimately, the retroactive decision seems more playing to politics rather than good character choices.