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(500) Days of Summer (DVD)
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(500) Days of Summer (DVD)
Advantages: Beautifully shot, a neat snap-shot of unreciprocated love!
Disadvantages: Jumps about a bit between the 500 days....
5OO Days Of Summer is, at best, a strange film that covers one guy's 500 day obsession with a girl known as Summer who works in his office at a Greetings Card Company. The film covers all things humourous, quirky and fun that occur in a close relationship between two people but also goes on to examine what happens when love goes unrecipocrated and eventually dissolves away until one person is left with nothing at all but memories. We've all been there guys, fallen for someone who just doesn't quite love you back as much, and this film takes a good, deep look at how one person, a young character named Tom, attempts to deal with such a situation, sometimes well, sometimes badly, and tries to get on with his life whilst still unable to forget and move on.
I really liked this film, which is less of a rom-com and more of a dark comedy with serious overtones at times, but can't quite put my finger on exactly why that is. At times, it IS very funny; at other times bitterly tragic and mostly I think you end up liking this almost despite yourself because, like I said, ultimately we've all been there ~ be us guys OR gals!
Zooey Deschanel is simply amazing and works well in the lead role as the title character, Summer, but kudos must also go to Joesph Gordon-Levitt for his sterling performance as Tom from his shy beginnings when he can hardly talk to Summer and admires her from (not so) afar through to the confident, exurberant character he becomes. This is a story about a journey, Tom's journey, and it is from his viewpoint and through his perspective thast we see much of the events as they unfold; not always in the right order.
If I had one complaint, it is that the film jumps around a little from day 42 of his obsession for example through to day 327 then back to day 43. But ultimately, even this kind of works as we get sneak previews of the way their future relationship will progress. Except it's not a relationship, silly me! Because one of the main concepts of this film is that Summer is a girl who, right from the very start, is perfectly honest about her intentions in that she doesn't really want a boyfriend; she doesn't want a relationship and doesn't belive in love. It is always Tom who wants just that little bit more and, as we discover, that ays just as much about him in the end as it does about Summer.
I loved this film; in fact I think it fair to say I loved it to bits. And is part of that reason because part of me also fell in love with Summer for those 500 days depicted on screen? Probably yes, but also because I could at times see much of myself in Tom and one of the inherently most important things about a rreally good film is that you are able to build a connection!
By the end of this flick, I felt as if I too had experienced 500 Days Of Summer. It is by no means one of the best films I have ever seen but I really got a lot out of watching this film and so that definitely makes this a strong reccomendation from me!
Summary: A great little movie that deserves much more attention than it got on release!