500 Days Of Summer
The Best Summer Movie of the Year
In a summer where movies like "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", get all the hype, "500 Days Of Summer" has something those other films tend to lack.....quality and substance. Two things, hype and special effects can't make up for. This movie starts off with a boy, Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), meeting a girl, Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel). Showing how they meet, and how Summer affects Tom's life during various times, in their relationship. The film tends to shift back and forth between time lines of their relationship, where at one moment, you'll see Tom and Summer acting like a couple of kids in love. Followed in the next scene, shifting several months later as it shows the two of them getting on each others' nerves, then back again. This is done to elaborate the extent of how Summer has affected Tom's life, as he starts off as a character working for a greeting card company, yet he's unsure what he wants in life until he meets Summer. Falling instantly in love with her, since the moment they met, he realizes that the only thing he's sure about, in his life, is how much he wants to be with her. Take in mind, this is not a love story by any means, but rather a story about love. It's a movie that carries the theme of how we tend to evolve in relationships through good or bad. The direction, editing, and writing for this movie is very well done as it keeps the viewer constantly guessing where the story will end, or how it will end up. Will Tom and Summer work through their relationship problems? Or will they merely go their separate ways? The acting performances were great also, as Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel created the perfect chemistry together on screen; that gave the movie a very authentic feeling. "500 Days Of Summer" may not have been the most hyped up film of the summer, but it was definitely one of the best.
The chemistry between Joseph and Zooey was simply breath taking. As I've stated before, this is not a love story. Even though the premise starts off with "a boy meets girl" type concept, and boy falls madly in love with the girl. The girl doesn't. In fact, when she first meets Tom, she tells him she doesn't believe in such nonsense. Therefore, when Tom starts to get frustrated over his unrequited love for Summer, despite his affections of being "friends with benefits." She never comes to accept him the same way, which inevitably leaves their relationship spiraling towards disaster. The film's main theme isn't a love story, but rather a story of how relationships can affect our lives. Changing our overall outlook on life, as there are times things are great; that you feel like singing and dancing. Then at the next moment, you feel like the biggest loser in the world. Indeed, both actors do an excellent job conveying their character's emotion onscreen, that it allows for the audience to feel deeply engaged into their story. Summer, whom rejects Tom's love, comes off rather charming and resourceful, making it hard for the viewer to hate her. Even after seeing how much grief she puts Tom through. However, that is not to say that the story isn't engaging enough to make the audience feel a deep empathy for male protagonist.
The editing and tone really set the mood of the movie, as it helped to create a mystery for the audience to figure out. The film constantly shifts back and forth during various times of Tom and Summer's relationship, where at one moment it has audiences happy to see them together happily. Yet saddened when they see Tom's affections go unrewarded. Indeed, the editing and order of these scenes allows for the audience to have just enough information about our two protagonist, yet leaves it shrouded just enough to where the viewer won't see what's coming.
The tone for this film is perhaps the best part about this movie. Although the idea of relationships affecting who we are individually, has been explored in the past with films like "Eternal Sunshine: The Spotless Mind" and "Talk To Her." However, "500 Days Of Summer" has more of a natural "tongue and cheek" type of feel, that allows for the viewer to get lost in the story without over depressing drama, that those other films tend to posses. Indeed, this film can be at times charming, witty, delightful, and sometimes sad. Heck, it can even be campy when you see Tom dancing in the street, after him and Summer had sex for the first time; feeling like he's on top of the world. This film carries many various scenes for anyone to enjoy.
"500 Days Of Summer" definitely wasn't the most hyped film of the summer, nor was it highest grossing. However, it was definitely one of the best in terms of quality. Featuring solid performances, and a great editorial style that kept the film intriguing. Marc Webb and his team of writers do a great job creating just the right tone for the film. Overall, "500 Days Of Summer" is the best summer film of 2009; hands down.
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