So, thanks to the advice given, I gambled on going to see with today with Rudi, who is 3 in just over a month.
I expected that I wouldn't get to see the whole thing.
I'm so glad I went today. We went on a family day out, me and Rudi went to the cinema, Susanne took Bobby, our youngest round the shops in his pram.
We came out, met them, went for lunch, went to the arcade, bought furniture from Ikea, everyone's a winner.
I loved it & Rudi did too, sat thru the whole 2hours 15mins runtime.
I think they made so many good decisions on this movie and that's what they needed to do.
How many Marvel movies have we had now, yet I felt this was fresh and stands apart on its own, there's a number of reasons for that and I only really have 1 complaint.
I thought the high school setting was a key choice here.
The cast, and what I feel was a very diverse cast, was note fucking perfect, not a performance out of place.
I feel like this was the Spider-Man movie needed for this generation but I did not feel alienated by it, instead I felt a real warmth towards it.
The collapsed building nod to Ditko was handled so well.
Holland was great, really, really likeable.
I loved the villain cast, handled in a very subtle manner. Keaton of course was the jewel in the crown.
I feel they fleshed his character out just enough, I totally empathised with him; he's just another guy who got shafted by the big man but he chose to do something about it and took it too far.
I love that he wasn't a sociopath, and let peter off the hook on at least 2 occasions.
The music fit well, and the CGI was great in that whilst there were no mind blowing set pieces, al the set pieces looked pretty natural and realistic. Not fucking shitty looking lizard running about.
On that note, it wasn't cheesy. I will never get over the embarrassment that was The Rhino in ASM2. Probably comic book movies worst ever villain moment. I still cringe now thinking about it.
Aunt May is awesome. There wasn't enough of her in it though. It does help that I've had a crush on MT for about 20 years though.
I also love that it doesn't do the superhero movie thing of having 45 mins to an hour of boring, repetitive action at the end. It just plodded along quite nicely and I never felt the running time at all as a result. The pacing was great.
David says upthread that Spidey would make a great tv show now, and it's funny because I was thinking exactly that while I was watching; how well a lot of this would work as a series.
So, my only minor complaint would be Robert Downy Jnr just felt really out of place here. It felt tacked on like a novelty item. It didn't annoy me enough to take me out of the movie but I feel the Avengers stuff, while maybe a good idea, maybe not, just seemed Ike the only unnatural parts of the movie. Everything else was very well played. It was almost as if Iron Man is upstaging Spider-Man.
Iron Man is a B/C list character. Spider-Man is Marvel's biggest property. I know there's been the rights issue, but I hope the Spider-Man movie drops the Avengers stuff and keeps the focus on Peter, his school friends, aunt May (of course) and the cast of hundreds that they have access to without dipping toes into that world.
Best Marvel movie in years. Best superhero movie in years actually.