500 Days of Summer Reviews
kind of sums up my overall feeling about 500 DAYS OF SUMMER, although
the narrative turns take you through a much wider range of emotion. The
basic plot is of the "boy meets girl" variety, with the "boy" being
played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the "girl," Zooey Deschanel.
However, this is not your typical romantic film. Zooey Deschanel is the
"Summer" of the title, and the story hops backwards and forwards
through Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer's 500 day relationship.
For starters, the broken-up chronology, although somewhat of a cliché
at this point, was useful insofar as it withheld plot secrets until the
right moment, regulating the stream of information toward the viewer
and maintaining interest. Of course, it helps that the two leads are
quite likable and have pretty good chemistry together, in that
awkward, post-modern way. I also thought that the message about
fate/destiny being an illusory concept rather apropos in a society that
has (largely) moved beyond traditional gender roles, as the film
demonstrates to a high degree. In a world where those kind of barriers
come down, it can be scary and more confusing, but that's often the
beauty of it as well. Without things prewritten or having to conform to
a set "script," we are free to interpret events as we choose and mold
our lives to the form we desire. The only cog in the film's machine is,
unfortunately, Tom, who initially displays a dangerous level of
complacency and hesitancy, which proves detrimental to his relationship
with Summer. By contrast, Summer is a strong, but not invulnerable,
female character. I really liked her, whereas Tom had to grow on me
(development!). Overall, the film is certainly a shot in the arm to the
well-worn romantic dramedy. There were some nice meta touches, i.e., a
dance sequence, and a split-screen sequence which shows "Expectation
vs. Reality." Some of the social commentary did seem a little
on-the-nose, and it didn't exactly move me emotionally in the greatest
way, but I laughed a lot and was constantly thinking about the message
the film portrayed. So, definitely one to check out if you haven't
Try to name one person more unbearable than Zooey Deschanel.
Tom Hansen, a greeting card writer, falls in love with the secretary of his new boss. However, when it's stated that she doesn't believe in love, nor does she want a serious relationship, he accepts in hope that he can make something more of it.
I knew little, if anything about this movie going into it, but I was excited to watch it. I picked it up on Blu-Ray at my local DVD store for a few bucks and I was finally excited that I had the chance to watch it. To my surprise, it actually turned out to be pretty good. Granted, it doesn't feel like anything new or original, and nothing here is going to blow your mind, but it's a very cute and honest romance that will be able to hit home for more than a few people.
First and foremost, I am a fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and I've liked Zooey Deschanel in the few things I've seen her in. Individually, they each fill their roles real nicely and Levitt has always been a great, comedic/dramatic actor, but together, they create this very charming and pleasant atmosphere that I'd like to see more of. They work really well together and they build off of each other pretty well. They bring out the personality of the characters and they're able to help relay this great and real message about love.
I feel like the best words to describe the script was cute and realistic. For starters, whenever I say a romantic movie's screenplay is cute, that's a really good thing for me. When I'm able to giggle and relate to the things that the characters themselves are doing, it just helps bring this new experience that I only get to experience every so often in real life. When I say realistic, that means that this movie is completely honest about how our minds work when it comes to different scenarios of love. In the end, all of us just want to love and when we think we've found love, we'll do what we can to pursue it. Even though it's obvious that this is probably not the path that Tom should take, considering he's blatantly told that, it shows how clouded our minds can get and how love can easily take over the human brain. I really like the message this movie portrayed about love and how difficult it can be sometimes.
Although I understand why they did it, I'm not sure I liked the format of this movie. They were constantly jumping back and forth from day 1, to day 494, back to day 23, then to day 254, and it just got really confusing at a point. It felt like they were jumping from timeline to timeline just for a few comedic moments and it felt a little bit messy.
I also felt the narration was unnecessary. We didn't need the narration to help guide us through, especially since neither of the characters were doing it. I felt like it could've been more meaningful if Tom was narrating the story, but instead, it was some random guy doing it. It felt out of place and awkward at times to the point where it just got annoying.
The resolution of the story was also out of left field. I won't spoil anything, but the way it resolved not only conflicted with some moral values of one of the characters, but was a very quick and cheap way to wrap things up. It helps resolve Tom's character but it honestly makes Summer's character more unlikable for me.
Still, in the end, I had plenty of fun with the movie and I was able to leisurely laugh and smile throughout.