(500) Days of Summer is a delightful film; a story for any and all. Director Marc Webb utilizes the romantic comedy genre and flips it on its head. From the author’s note at the beginning: “The following is a work of fiction. Any resemblances to persons living or dead is purely coincidental…Especially you Jenny Beckman…Bitch” sets the darkly comic tone, which is consistent throughout; therefore making this a refreshing romantic comedy with literary layers. (500) Days of Summer is a great date night movie for movie lovers looking for something fun, yet stimulating.
The story is about Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his relationship with Summer (Zooey Deschanel). The film shows audiences the beginning, the end, and after the end of the relationship, focusing mostly on Tom’s recovery. The film’s narrator warns the audience, “This is a story of boy meets girl. But you should know up front, this is not a love story.” This warning sets up Deschanel’s role as heartbreaker, as does the author’s note. Summer’s disbelief in love and Tom’s persistent belief makes for a perfect romantic setup, which Webb enforces throughout with Tom and Summer’s chemistry.
This film is great because the story itself is funny, sad, touching, and well told. Also, the cast, specifically Gordon-Levitt, Deschenal, and Chloe Moretz (Rachel Hansen, Tom’s little sister) interpret their characters with a freshness, not commonly seen in romantic comedies. Moretz’ steals the show throughout with her little sister/protector role. She delivers her lines with authority and such character, making her an easy favorite. Throughout audiences will want to see more of her. Another fantastic quality to the film, is the soundtrack, which sets it apart from traditional blockbuster romantic comedies. The music easily makes the film more artistic and deep.
Overall, this film that should not be missed. This movie is about that one horrible and perfect relationship that manages to be pressed permanently on our memories. It’s a film that anyone who has been in a relationship can relate to, making a must see. Please put (500) Days of Summer on your movie queue. Rated PG-13.