Tuesday, December 22, 2009

(500) Days of Summer

Some may feel that the film is not groundbreaking as a romantic comedy and is cute at most. However, (500) Days of Summer is certainly one of the most fascinating romantic films I've ever seen because of the way the relation between the two lovers is presented to us.

Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) works as a writer for a greeting cards company. His boss has hired a new assistant, Summer (Zooey Deschanel). Obviously, Tom immediately falls head over heels for her. Summer accepts to go out with him. However, when Tom wants to take their relation to the next level, she tells him that she just wants to be a friend. As a matter of fact, Summer cherishes her independence and doesn't believe that she needs a lover to be over the moon.

Honestly, I dug (500) Days of Summer because it's one of the most realistic depictions of women behaviour I've seen in films. In fact, most traditional romantic films offer us two heroes who inevitably fall for each other. However, (500) Days of Summer surprises us by offering us a female character (Summer) who slightly differs from - let's say - Cristina (from Vicky Cristina Barcelona).

Obviously, there's not much that viewers might learn about Summer herself. However, the most memorable thing about this character, is that while she's seen through the eyes of Tom, she takes part in his sentimental education, so to speak. After all, as the story asks us, can Tom's expectations (his desire to form a perfect coupe with Summer) become something that actually happens in the real world? All in all, some may say that Zooey Deschanel's character is thinly canvassed, but her character's presence seems to have one function: to lead us, viewers, into the mind and feelings of Tom. Guess what? Although the film is not perfect, that's fine for me.

Finally, I went into this film without knowing anything about it. After all, I occasionally bother to read the film section in newspapers (or even on the Internet). Now, to get back to the film, I got to admit that (500) Days of Summer has in store great performance from Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel.

Rating: 4.5/5

Origin:USA (2009)
Length:95 minutes
Genre:Romantic comedy
Screenplay:Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
Director:Marc Webb
Starring:Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel

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