Do you ever get sick of films that obviously have a large amount of improv? I'm fine with a few riffs here or there, but sometimes I long for tighter editing and, you know, actual writing. A line that I loved in The AV Club's excellent "Michael Schur walks us through Parks And Recreation" article series was when showrunner Schur was discussing the use of improvisation on his series and noted, "[W]e have many, many times thrown away jokes that we thought were way funnier than the stuff we wrote because, completely unintentionally, in the moment, they alter the scene. They change the motivation of the character or they indicate that the character doesn't care about something that he or she cares about or something. And I will always cut those jokes out because it's never worth sacrificing the scene or the story or the character for one joke."
So the news is out that (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb will direct the Spider-Man reboot for Sony, plus two more installments after that. While the man only has one feature film under his belt -- and a hallucinatory musical rom-com, at that -- he's directed dozens of music videos since the late 1990s, which makes him as qualified as any music-video-director-turned-auteur. But what will the appropriately-named director bring to this blockbuster franchise, besides hundreds of terribly punny headlines? (Our favorite: "500 Days of Spiders.") We examined his relatively limited resume to see what we might expect in Spidey 2.0.
500 Days of Summer is one of those movies that starts out so promising and subversive, but just wimps out along the way and ends up reinforcing all the old romantic comedy clichés we've grown tired of. A shame, too, because it could have been so much better, and the cast deserved a script worthy of them, but hey, I know better than to expect anything new from these movies, especially one that was so ubiquitous and relentlessly advertised.