‘(500) Days of Summer,’ the Romantic Comedy for Guys…and Girls
Ladies, if you find it impossible to get your guy to go see a film like “The Proposal,” “The Ugly Truth” or “He’s Just Not That Into You,” there’s finally one you won’t have to drag him too. That’s because, chances are, he’ll enjoy it more than you will.
“(500) Days of Summer” was released in 10 major cities today and it’s a romantic comedy from a guys point of view. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Tom, a greeting card writer who instantly falls in love with Summer (Zooey Deschanel) when she comes to work in his office. The set up seems as simple as all those other cookie cutter romantic comedies.
The difference, though, is that we know right from the beginning that this relationship doesn’t work out. “This isn’t a love story, it’s a story about love” is the quote. Right off the bat we see the couple break up and Tom is totally and utterly devastated because he loved Summer so much. He sets out to find out what went wrong and get her back. The film then jumps back to when they met but, from there, it still doesn’t move in a straight line. Instead it bounces all over the 500 days that he was obsessed with Summer in one way or another. From day 4, to day 360, to day 23 etc. the film is an emotional roller coaster of ups and downs.
Everything is seen through Tom’s perspective. At the beginning Summer is perfect. And at the end, she still seems perfect, which is why he’s so crushed. But was she actually that perfect? Was she really the one? These are the questions Tom, and there by the film, asks himself. And in doing so it has some awesome, surreal moments that are extremely original and entertaining.
With “(500) Days of Summer,” both the guys and the girls who watch it will both relate to same character: Tom. Most of the time, guys relate to the guy in a romantic comedy and girls with a girl. Here, though, we both side with the guy because Summer is such an enigma. Tom, on the other hand, is an open book of emotion. So the film gives girls a unique glimpse into the pure torture girls can put us through and they never see. We too fall hopelessly in love and, sometimes, you just aren’t that into us, instead of the opposite.
If there is anything negative to say about the film, it’s that the good parts are SO good, it makes the normal parts pale in comparison. The film is a bit uneven, and that’s probably because it’s from a first time filmmaker Marc Webb, from the music video world.
However, that still doesn’t mean it’s a great date movie, if you can muster up the courage.
“(500) Days of Summer” is currently playing in Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Washington, D.C.. For a full release schedule, click here.