I don’t remember the criticism that Ramie’s Spider-Man wasn’t funny. I remember the CGI was a big complaint, but in retrospect I think our eyes were still getting used to CGI. I watch them now and think they look better now than I thought they looked then.
On the humor I agree, they’re very funny movies but he has an odd sense of humor. The dance scene is a big example but there’s lot of little ones. I remember back when 2 came out on DVD I bought it and watched it a friends apartment and we just started laughing hysterically when Peter’s trying to put the brooms and mops back in the closet and they keep falling out, and it goes on maybe 20 seconds longer than it should. It’s so dumb, and that’s part of what makes it funny. It’s straight screwball as you mention. Simmons’ JJJ walked straight in from a Cary Grant comedy.
I wonder if those of us ages 35-45 can be a bit cynical about newer movies since the modern directors are copying stuff from our youth, so we’re already familiar with it, whereas directors like Spielberg, Tarantino, and Raimi copied stuff from before our times.