“This is a story about boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story” begins the wry, probing narrator of (500) Days of Summer, a “dramedy” on the growing intricacies of modern relationships. What this is, is the story about a girl who doesn’t believe true love exists and the guy who falls in love with her. Vibrant actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel energize the screen while fast paced shots and dialogue keep the audience on their toes.
Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has always believed in love, and that everyone has a soulmate, someone in the world that they are meant to be with. Summer(Zooey Deschanel) has never shared this belief of love, following from the disintegration of her parent’s marrriage. When Tom meets Summer he almost immediately knows that they are meant to be together. For the next 500 days he is consumed by his relationship with Summer. Those days full of promises, uncertainty, hope, tenderness, magic, distance, intimacy, awkwardness, passion, fury and ecstacy all set in the heart of Los Angeles. Throughout their time together both Tom and Summer learn of the beauty and fear that love can bring, which shifts their convictions to the core.
Full of fast-paced dialogue, irregular screenplay and varied camera angles and formats, every moment keeps the audiences’ attention. To transition between scenes, a title page pops up with the number of the day, showing Tom and Summer’s relationship out of order so the audience gets more of a feeling of what truly occurs in their relationship than they can see. Split screen formating gives a present feeling during phone conversations or daydreams within the story. Such as the split screen viewing of Tom’s expectaions of his reunion with Summer and the reality of their reunion at the same time. Surely a classic scene for years to come, the cute little dance of Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the park to Hall & Oates “Dreams Come True”.
Though labeled as a romantic comedy, this is not a chick flicky, happy-go-lucky, happily ever after movie. Girls will either love it or hate it. It is not your generic, run of the mill romcom. It’s different, spunky, bizarre and even unorthodox, which makes me love it even more. Five star rating all the way.
“Nobody loves Ringo Star.” – Tom
“That’s what I love about him.” -Summer
Quirky and fun, but also a little sad Marc Webb’s (500) Days of Summer gives tells a tale about life. A movie that doesn’t end as expected but gives a whole lot more truth. With crazy details, formats, dialogue, even a little animation thrown in, (500) Days of Summer is a one of a kind film.
(500) Days of Summer, distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures, rated PG-13 for sexual material and language.
“This is not a love story. It is a story about love.”