Three little words explain Apple TV+’s interest in
,” and those are Joseph Gordon-Levitt
, who created
, stars and even performs music in this melancholy series
, elevating a concept that looks at roads not taken and that’s punctuated throughout by peculiar flights of fancy
Gordon-Levitt’s Josh Corman is introduced as a fifth-grade teacher, treading cautiously when dealing with his young charges. 시간이 지남에 따라, 하나, it becomes clear that he turned to teaching when aspirations to be a musician fizzled, and that he’s pretty well sleepwalking his way through life.
The premise does not make, admittedly, for a particularly dynamic protagonist. The premiere finds Josh and his roommate/buddy Victor (Arturo Castro) deciding, after some debate, to go to a club, but his awkward encounter with a woman mainly highlights the “Those who can’t do, teach” aspect of his existence, which is to say that Josh is lost and unhappy, despite his blandly pleasant demeanor.
있다, 사실로, a lot of awkwardness along the way, including Josh’s interactions with his mother (Debra Winger), and an ex-girlfriend (Juno Temple), who eventually comes into the story too.
The dour tone sort of turns
” into the anti
-“테드 올가미,” the second-year series that has won Apple so many plaudits
. Yet the series is also prone to fantastical flights of fancy
, like having Josh and his mom burst into a song-and-dance number
, or suddenly engage in what looks like a superhero fight with his friends
Those kind of moments also forge a connection to the indie film “500 Days of Summer,” in which Gordon-Levitt starred
, at least in terms of sensibilities
, taking chances in reasonably inventive ways
. One chapter hands the story over to Victor
, whose character is grappling with a broken marriage and raising a teen who does little to hide her hostility toward him
. 나중, Covid enters the picture
, forcing the title character to conduct his class and date via Zoom
The idea of TV series indulging the creative whims of movie stars is hardly new, but Gordon-Levitt brings a level of ambition to the storytelling that isn’t just dabbling. That said, “씨. Corman” represents a thin premise — the travails of thirtysomethings, 아무튼, had an entire 1980s series devoted to it — so its charms almost entirely consist of small moments and its protagonist’s thinly concealed angst.
Pencils down, the show earns a better-than-passing grade, delivering more satisfaction than the syllabus would suggest. Consider “씨. Corman” one of those instances where Gordon-Levitt and company do enough extra-credit work to legitimately class up an otherwise basic course.
“씨. Corman” premieres Aug. 6 on Apple TV+.