Well, these days I tend to do some repeat viewings instead of watching new movies on cinemas (actually because there’re no movies attracting me to watch :P). Then I randomly selected some of my past-time movies and ... here it is! I chose “(500) Days of Summer” to watch. At first I think that this movie is a bad option. No, it’s not because that this movie is bad; it’s because of the specific theme of the story that makes me—to be honest—troubled. Yes, you can laugh for this.
I knew that you guys have also watched this movie, maybe not only once but quite often. “(500) Days of Summer” talks about the days Tom Hensen (portrayed by my favorite young actor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer Finn (played so nicely by the pretty and cute Zooey Deschanel) spent for their love journey. Summer is a nice girl, new employee in a greeting card company where Tom worked. At the first sight, Tom was attracted by her and tried to be close with her. Soon revealed that Summer liked Tom, too, but she tends not to have a serious relationship with him because she believes that there is no such thing called true love. Yet, Tom was just too deep into her and the offbeat of their relationship started for the next 500 days.
Silly, eh? I mean, the story is so ... us! The story is so close with our daily life and it is just not a unique, one-of-a-kind situation. That’s what makes teenager and young watchers get really troubled after watching this because they see that the story can also happen in their life (and maybe it also happens in me :P). The way the movie flows was nice, and it can make the viewers get drown into the feeling of the story. This movie is told in a non-linear timing, it is going back-and-forth from day to day in a span of 500 days Tom being with Summer (so you already know that the term “Summer” in the title is the character Summer that Zooey played, not the season one). This style makes us really feel the up-and-down—especially—of Tom’s feeling: how it feels being—what is the best term?—“played” by the girl you love.
"I love her smile. I love her hair. I love her knees. I love how she licks her lips before she talks. I love her heart-shaped birthmark on her neck. I love it when she sleeps." -- Tom
The good thing is both main cast, both Joseph and Zooey, played an intense and lovable chemistry of two lovers. They really fell into a strong relationship, it feels just like a natural show. I mean, I like the way Joseph played Tom: he could be very happy when the relationship was up and he could be very sad when it just went so down. In another hand, Zooey could portray a good, lovely, and nice Summer, who seems didn’t really care about what Tom feels about her. I like to call Summer a “playgirl”, though I know that it’s quite harassing :P. To be honest, for man like me (ehm), Summer was quite “heartless” for not taking seriously Tom’s feeling, but she is still lovable, you know? Well, anyway, I am glad to see both of them being chosen for the main characters because it is just a great decision.
Some of you may have known that the man behind “(500) Days of Summer” is the same man that ran this year’s great remake “The Amazing Spider-Man”. Yes, the man is Marc Webb. He did a good job for making the movie go in a mild nuance of love. Don’t forget some comedic scenes which make this movie being a rom-com one instead of only-romance one, and I have to admit that the scenes make me laugh sometime. I mean, I just love Zooey and how she acts comedically! Haha! You will also find a musical scene when eventually the people danced along with Tom, at the time he felt happy with his love. Oh yes, the music was so supporting. Some scenes went very deeply because of the background music. The editing went nicely, it made a good effort of doing the non-linear storytelling. I see that Webb has a good taste of how to create a strong, firm display of what has been written on the script that Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber have created.
Maybe this movie is not quite powerful to be compared with those award-winning, highly-appreciated movies at its year. Yet, I admit that this movie is great, surprisingly great. The important things of this movie are the story and the characters, both are so unforgettable. It didn’t go so artsy or what, but it is too enjoying for you to miss.
DETAILS & CREDITS
(500) DAYS OF SUMMER | COUNTRY USA YEAR 2009 MPAA PG-13 for sexual material and language GENRE Comedy, Drama, Romance CAST Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Chloë Grace Moretz, Matthew Gray Gubler WRITER Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber DIRECTOR Marc Webb AWARDS Nominated for 2 Golden Globes, another 10 wins & 24 nominations BUDGET/GROSS $7,500,000 (est.) / $60,722,734 (worldwide per 22 Nov 2009) IMDB RATING 7.9/10 METASCORE 76/100 (Generally Favorable) TOMATOMETER 87% (Certified Fresh) MORE INFO