My own thoughts on the movie were pretty much that while it seemed like a technically good movie. I just couldn't get past that this version of Spider-Man is a distant 3rd to the Maguire and Garfield versions. While the whole young Spider-Man thing was fine for Civil War, I just didn't think it worked for a full movie. I mean, even though the Amazing Spider-Man movies were a bit of a mess, Garfield had a good solid take on the character that was distinct from Maguire but still felt right. That, and my opinion that he and Emma Stone were very cute in their scenes together held the movie to at least watchable standards.
For this one, everything just felt rather washed out. Holland feels like a poor echo of Maguire. Just younger. And while the whole hero worship thing was okay for Civil War, it's almost offensive to the character how pathetic he is in wanting to be an Avenger for most of the movie. I mean, the whole "I'm nothing without this suit"? What the living hell is that coming from Spider-Man, even a boy Spider-Man?
And, yeah, the whole bit about not paying attention to the destruction they were bring about in the finale undercut the whole irresponsibility and not being ready thing they had going. I mean, they were crash landing a plane in New York. Hello! That's triggering.
I get how that can be assumed, plus comic lore is always so wonky depending on who's writing it. However I am as certain as I can be that MJ is literally the girl next door and she went to high school with Peter, even rivaling for his attention with Gwen. If I recall correctly MJ moves in next door during Peter's high school years
Sorry, but you're incorrect. Peter was already at Empire State University by the time he officially met Mary Jane and got the whole, "Face it tiger...you just hit the jackpot!" line. For that matter, he met Gwen Stacy in college as well.
Frankly, what annoys me most about it is that this is the 3rd Spider-Man iteration and Kirsten Dunst is still the closest we've gotten to a faithful adaptation. What's up with this? Why can't they cast a model gorgeous party girl that slowly sheds her layers? Why do they keep casting girl next door types including Shailene Woodley in the Amazing Spider-Man cut scenes? The original comic book Mary Jane could make for an amazing love interest if done right. We know this because she's already been a backbone for the comic for 50 years now.
Outside of Lois Lane, Mary Jane is perhaps the best known and most successful love interest in all of comics. You'd think that at some point they'd just go with that version. I don't get it. I wondered the same thing with the Jesse Eisenberg in Batman v. Superman. We still haven't seen the most iconic version of that character on the big screen either since Gene Hackman predates the modern version and Kevin Spacey more or less reprised Hackman's interpretation. So why do they feel the need to go in these weird alternate directions like Jesse Eisenberg or Michelle in Homecoming when the iconic and best interpretation is still fresh and ready to go?
And while we're on it, what the heck was up with Flash? I know when I think of Flash, I don't think wannabe academic decathlete.
Still liked that they went with young Aunt May though. Older-than-dirt Aunt May never made sense.