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"This is not a love story, it's a story about love"
(500) Days of Summer (DVD)
Member Name: greenpomme
(500) Days of Summer (DVD)
Advantages: Good acting, quirky delivery, unpredictable, cheap DVD
Disadvantages: Not the fastest moving film
After seeing the trailer back in 2009 when it came out, this is a film I'd wanted to watch for some time. I finally bought it last week and ended up watching it yesterday evening.
The idea the film centres around is pretty simple. It is about the relationship of Tom and Summer, a pair of young twenty-somethings who meet at work one day. He believes in true love, whereas she thinks it's just a fantasy. The film maps out their relationship over 500 days, hopping back and forth out of sequence to unravel their story.
The two protagonists, played by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were fairly unknown to me, as were most of the supporting cast. There's something about Deschanel that I find very captivating, and I spent a lot of the film trying to think where else I'd seen her, but I'm now putting it down to the fact that she has a likeness to Katy Perry. I thought she played the part of Summer very well. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as Tom was just right. When he smiled at Summer he looked much younger than his character was supposed to be, just like a love struck, smitten teen would look. He played Tom with a boyish charm about him which made his character seem more vulnerable and unprotected.
After watching the first 10 minutes or so I was really intrigued, and as events are out of sequence, the position of the relationship between Tom and Summer was almost constantly changing. The obvious question was 'What happens after day 500?' and this is what you spend the film waiting to find out. I felt sucked into their relationship and think that most people will connect with how either one or the other of them feels about love.
Storyline aside, I loved the little quirky elements and effects that were used to show different perspectives of the characters and how they viewed events. Another nice touch is the way the film opens with a voice over declaring 'This is not a love story, it's a story about love...' and who continues on to introduce us to the characters. The whole film felt quite retro chic and very trendy, from the way the characters were styled to the sets that were used (barring scenes in Ikea!).
The film is quite music heavy in the way that it is talked about by the characters in addition to being played. Artists featured include The Smiths, Doves, and Black Lips, but for me the stand out song was The Temper Trap's Sweet Disposition. The range encompasses the up and down emotions the characters were going through and as such is quite a diverse mix of upbeat and also slower, more subdued songs.
Definitely a film that I'd watch again. It's four stars from me.
Extras include audio commentary and 'days' that didn't make it to the final film.
Runtime is 95 minutes.
The film is certified 12.
I paid £2.99 on Amazon for the DVD.
Summary: Makes a refreshing change from the usual girl meets boy type film.