(And don't even get me started on the skateboard stuff. That was even more pointless.)
I have said many times that I don't mind that MJ isn't in this movie. I'm actually unhappy that Jonah wasn't in the movie.
But the idea that this film is "more true" to Spider-Man mythos than the Raimi films is laughable. There are just as many changes here as the Raimi films had. And there are people who say this is more true to Spider-Man also arguing that Gwen will survive these movies. (John Romita Sr. says otherwise on that front.)
(And the crane scene is still the dumbest thing they ever did to a Spider-Man movie.)