“500 Days of Summer” is your basic romantic comedy in a not so basic kind of way. Staring Joseph Gorden-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, this film follows the story of two twenty-somethings falling in love. This movie deserves all four of the starts Roger Ebert gave it as it contains extraordinary symbolism and a fresh view on the basic love story.
Tom (Gorden-Levitt), a young and bored greeting card writer has his world turned upside down when he meets and falls in love with who he believes to be “the one,” his new coworker, Summer (Deschanel), who doesn’t share his views on fate and love. However, we are told upfront by the narrator that the movie is not a love story. After the two start to see each other, we soon learn that they break up and we begin to follow their journey in non-chronological order of how they met and ultimately split.
What makes this movie so extraordinary is the creative way it’s told. Unlike most romantic comedies this story is told out of order and we see the end of the relationship at the very beginning. This technique brings a creative twist to the basic love story and keeps the viewer hooked because all of a sudden we aren’t sure where things are going because we are given such critical information up front.
Another fascinating aspect of this film is the nonchalant symbolism. My favorite was the color blue on Summer (Deschanel). Almost every scene she is in, she is wearing a shade of the color blue. This forces us to unintentionally associate Summer with emotions like sadness and depression, even though her character is quite bubbly and loveable. Just another reason this movie stepped outside the box and took an ordinary story and turned it into something that stands out.
I am not usually a chick-flick kind of girl, mainly because they are predictable and the same few stories told over and over with different characters. However, I truly loved 500 Days of Summer. Marc Webb did a tremendous job with making the out of order scenes flow smoothly which gave this romantic comedy just the edge it needed to break out of the ordinary love story. And with the subtle symbolism and fantastic acting, I was hooked in the first 10 minutes and left pondering about life, love and fate.