(500) Days of Summer (2009)

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(500) Days of Summer (2009)
  • Time: 95 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Director: Marc Webb
  • Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Chloë Grace Moretz

Storyline:

After it looks as if she’s left his life for good this time, Tom Hansen reflects back on the just over one year that he knew Summer Finn. For Tom, it was love at first sight when she walked into the greeting card company where he worked, she the new administrative assistant. Soon, Tom knew that Summer was the woman with whom he wanted to spend the rest of his life. Although Summer did not believe in relationships or boyfriends – in her assertion, real life will always ultimately get in the way – Tom and Summer became more than just friends. Through the trials and tribulations of Tom and Summer’s so-called relationship, Tom could always count on the advice of his two best friends, McKenzie and Paul. However, it is Tom’s adolescent sister, Rachel, who is his voice of reason. After all is said and done, Tom is the one who ultimately has to make the choice to listen or not.

2 comments

  • An excellent movie with charming stars. It gives life and freshness to an old form.

    Director Marc Webb keeps the movie moving well. Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber know their movie history and use it well even giving us a great musical number in the middle of everything.

    Joseph Gordon Levitt is his usual surprise. Just when you think he’s hit his limit he goes one more step in another direction to give the viewer a memorable performance. Zooey Daschnell doesn’t stretch herself with the character but it fits her like a glove, a nice white glove like your grandmother used to wear. There are, of course, other actors but you will be caught by these two both in the movie and in your memory.

    This is a movie I can watch many times and never tire of it. I give it 4 park benches out of 4. If you haven’t seen it, see it. It’s a throw back to other times but done with a modern point of reference and it works.

  • Marc Webb’s feature-length debut is an assured one. (500) Days Of Summer endears to our hearts unlike probably any other romantic-comedy of the year. In fact, this film is one of the most original offerings of its kind in recent years. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Tom) and Zooey Deschanel (Summer) in the two leading roles, Webb’s film pushes itself away from standard, derivative fare and brings it to a new level. Here, the film becomes a gentle mockery of the rom-com genre, as if suggesting that is rigid, one-answer-fits-all formula is a sad case of money-suckers in Hollywood misunderstanding increasingly picky (and more informed) consumers.

    (500) Days Of Summer employs a non-linear narrative which is segmented into many flashbacks and forwards. The ‘(500)’ in the film’s title represents the five hundred days in which the romantic relationship between Tom and Summer lasted. Before the start of each segment operating on a different timeline, Webb uses this ‘bracketed number’ as a transitional tool to indicate the different stages of their relationship. With this, he manages to set off a whirlwind narrative style without leaving viewers dazed and confused. And it is this style that makes the film such a refreshing watch.

    The humor is kept on an even keel; it is never over-the-top for the sake of inducing (forced) laughter. This is quite effective in developing the characters into people we actually do care about, making us active participants as we draw ourselves closer to their private lives. Tom is a guy who believes in finding ‘the one’ and in Summer he sees that. Summer, on the other hand, takes life as it goes, refusing to commit or actively pursue love. The chemistry between the two leads is excellent and they give good, natural performances throughout. There is a spark about them which makes the film more engaging than your average rom-com.

    Creativity is also employed in several ways, most notably in a special double split-screen sequence which on one side shows reality as it is and the other, expectations on how things will turn out. Once again, Webb shows his ability in giving something extra to his viewers. (500) Days Of Summer has been critically well-received and is a hit with audiences. I am grateful for that. Sometimes it takes a film like this to help us differentiate the good stuff from the mediocre. As a genre film, (500) Days Of Summer goes beyond genre and…succeeds. Money-suckers, take note. The rest, enjoy.

    GRADE: B+ (8/10 or 3.5 stars)
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