(500) Days of Summer
It has taken me forever to go and see 500 Days of Summer. It shouldn’t have because I knew I’d enjoy it. What I didn’t anticipate was how much I’d enjoy it!
It’s the romantic comedy which isn’t a romantic comedy. And much like our titular female lead, the film is quite upfront about the fact that it isn’t looking for something serious.
Tom (the always amazing Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a lover not a fighter who believes that he’s met “the one” when Summer (Zoeey Deschanel) breezes into his office and his life. They share the same taste in music, they laugh at the same jokes and they spark without shag-carpet generated static electricity. The only hitch is that she doesn’t believe in love. This is the story of boy meets girl, but it’s not a love story.
The greatest strength of this film is the characters (and actors) who are both immediately likeable while also quirky. Both somehow out of place in the world, they seem the ideal match for one another and heads never fail to turn when they are together, life spilling out of them. Both actors, but particularly Gordon-Levitt, turn in perfect and charming performances.
Surprisingly for a romantic comedy, the direction and cinematography also rate a mention in 500 Days. Beautifully shot, with some interesting angles and some nifty animations throughout.
The script is fine, but again what really makes it crackle is the chemistry between Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel. The fact that it didn’t follow the usual conventional, well-worn path is also a HUGE plus in my mind.
The soundtrack! Oh the soundtrack! How could it be so far into this that I mention the amazing soundtrack?! This is definitely one of those films for which the soundtrack was considered during production and not just an after though. I shall be acquiring this soundtrack!
So to wrap it all up and stop waffling, this is one of my favourite films of the year. It’s unique, it’s funny and it’s brimming over with heart. Ultimately it’s not a love story, but it’s not a film without hope.
Check out one of my favourite scenes from the film here.
Reviewed by: Guest Reviewer
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Matthew Gray Gubler, Clark Gregg, Minka Kelly, Rachel Boston
Directed by: Marc Webb
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Duration: 1hr 35mins
Rating: [M] contains low level offensive language