Originally Posted by Lord Seth
1) The Calhoun/Felix romance subplot seemed unnecessary.
It absolutely was, from a narrative standpoint. But it's basically one of the rules of Hollywood that you have
to crowbar a romance subplot in somewhere--they won't approve your script unless you hit two demographics, and a romance subplot is one of the few reliable ways to get a second.
Most of the things the movie had to work around were handled at least tactfully. Product placement kept getting mentioned exactly once, then avoided thereafter as anything but a plot point. Still annoying, but could have been worse.
I found the storytelling stellar; everything came together so well narratively.