(500) Days of Summer (2009)


Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Realistic and charming.

This film was selected from ‘The 250’

I like it when movies teach you new things, or rather, remind you of things you might have already known. Films always have a “moral of the story”, if you will, but the morals themselves are hardly ever original. Something you’ll notice in life is that human beings have an incredible capacity to remember the bad things in life when they really shouldn’t – as well as remembering the good when they really shouldn’t. It goes both ways, and (500) Days of Summer is one of the only movies I’ve ever seen that does a really good job at presenting that concept in an honest lighting.

You have two people: Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer (Zooey Deschanel). Tom is your basic, run-of-the-mill hopeless romantic that basically thinks he’s inside of a Disney movie. He believes in true love and happily ever afters. It’s quite chummy. Meanwhile, Summer is a bit of the opposite. She likes having fun casually, but doesn’t even believe love exists. So they start hanging out and doing things normal couples do without the hassle of having a label…but Romantic Tom starts to get aggrevated when there has been no real progression in months…let’s just say things get a little rocky.

Can I just say I love how this movie is made? I don’t normally have the biggest appreciaton for movies made out-of-order, but the way they presented this was genius. Each scene, whether it takes place early in the relationship, or later directly relates to each other and you can easily see what actually affects the relationship positively or negatively…it’s actually a work of art and I was really impressed. Not only that, but when you think of the big picture, we’ve all had those relationships where we are forced to look back in regret. Sometimes, it’s just really hard to think of the good times. Same goes vice versa. The jumbled up progression of the movie let’s you take a good hard look as a whole…what went right and wrong within the relationship.

Apart from the jumbled perspective, it had a very honest look into how relationships really work. I’ve seen a lot of romantic comedies, and I’ve never once seen something so believeable and realistic, because no…it’s not all lovey dovey. It’s part lovey-dovey, and then it does a really good job at showing the rips in the fabric of love. While other movies have done that in the past, this one shows its strength in the reflection stages – after events occur. The things that go through our head in solitude. The paranoia, the longing, the hatred, the entire roller coaster of emotions that make us feel insane when it comes to love. I’ve never seen a movie do that so well. Instead, what we normally see is really cliché and over-the-top. You want realism…you have come to the right place.

This is equal in parts for audiences that are like Summer, and audiences that are like Tom. I won’t say which one I am out loud, but I will say that I connected with one of the characters – really strongly. The writing in the movie was just done so perfectly. It got human emotions down pat, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel did a mind-blowing performance that was both unpredictable and charming. It’s hard not to love this movie – that goes for both guys and girls alike.

The Good:

This is one of the most realistic romantic-comedies that I’ve ever seen. I have other movies that I prefer in that regard, but as far as realism goes, you won’t believe your eyes. This was bold and direct, and yet it keeps its level of charming scenes intact. You’ll love it.

The Bad:

One thing I’ve failed to mention is that this movie isn’t for all ages. It’s quite innapropriate for younger audiences, and those innapropriate scenes are confusing to older audiences that did things differently “in their day”. This is for young men and women falling in love, and how complicated that can be.

The Random:

This is the first feature film by Marc Webb, who has immediately went on to make The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.


3 thoughts on “(500) Days of Summer (2009)

    1. no worries, you’re right. It’s definitely got life-changing potential. For specific people going through a lot of personal issues, this may be the only movie in the industry that can give them closure.


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