Film Review- 500 Days of Summer (2009)

Official movie poster for 500 Days of Summer

Official movie poster for 500 Days of Summer

If you’ve ever experienced love and heartbreak, you could relate drastically to Tom, a greeting card copywriter and a big romantic who never stopped looking for what went wrong in his relationship. Like the season, Summer was her name. She doesn’t believe in love, but she managed to capture Tom’s heart, and twist it with foggy images of love, attraction, and mixed signals. This is one of my favorite films, because a) Joseph Gordon-Levitt , and b) Zooey Deschanel. The main focus is on these two actors, and they are my favorite pairing for this movie, because JGL and Deschanel have a history tied to their friendship. They’ve starred in earlier movies together, and the chemistry, when it comes to a romance flick, is everything. So Levitt’s character first bonds with this Summer girl in an elevator over the classic, “There is A Light that Never Goes Out,” by The Smiths. Great tune. We witness the start of something right then and there. What Tom thought would be everlasting was only never pleasing.

Oh, heartbreak. You replay the times and the memories you once shared with someone and you look for those glitches that turned things upside down. This story is told marking certain days in which Tom knew Summer, and it goes back and forth. In past relationships you once cherished, you seem to recollect first the good times; those unforgettable memories, and that’s how director Marc Webb decided to organize the film.

I love this film (i’ll say it again) because not every story has a happy ending, and 500 Days of Summer lets us know from the beginning. “This is not a love story. This is a story about love.” So the story is bluntly familiar. Summer meets this boy who falls in love with her, and would do anything to be with her and prove to her they belong with one another. The problem is: she doesn’t believe in love and this sudden commitment that Tom is yearning for. You really begin to feel for him and this anguish she is deliberately or non-deliberately putting him through. There’s a rather thick line between reality and expectation.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Zooey Deschanel filmed in the record store scene.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Zooey Deschanel filmed in the record store scene.

Of course, if you’re a sucker for indie romances, you’ll love this whole film and the tones it easily sets. Fox Searchlight Pictures did well in providing the distribution for this film that made impressive profit after premiering at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. 500 Days of Summer is raw, different, and closer to the reality of love than many other romance movies.There’s a karaoke session, a musical number, some architectural arm drawing, and the inevitable wreckage of young love. It goes without saying, “People change. Feelings change. It doesn’t mean that the love once shared wasn’t true or real. It simply means that sometimes when people grow, they grow apart..”


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