Film Evaluation: 500 Days Of Summer time (2009)

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A candy however in the end nonetheless fickle romantic comedy, 500 Days Of Summer time enjoys an amiable couple, hip music, and a scattered construction.

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Working at a small greeting card firm in Los Angeles, Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) spots Summer time (Zooey Deschanel), the brand new workplace assistant. They bond over music and he expresses curiosity in a relationship, however she doesn’t imagine in love and simply desires to be buddies, though after just a few outings they begin having fun with moments of intimacy. Summer time encourages Tom to pursue his ardour for a profession in structure.

As the connection goes by way of ups and downs, Tom stays extra invested than Summer time. Exasperated by her blended alerts and the undefined nature of their relationship, his work suffers and he seeks recommendation from his younger sister Rachel (Chloë Grace Moretz) and finest pal McKenzie (Geoffrey Arend). A break-up and potential reunion beckon.

An unbiased manufacturing with a easy story of boy meets lady, boy loves lady, boy perhaps loses lady, 500 Days Of Summer time is made to seem extra intriguing with loads of time hopping. Tom and Summer time’s story takes place over 500 days introduced non-linearly, each scene launched by a quantity between 1 and 500. Director Marc Webb additionally rides good chemistry between a winsome, low-key couple performed with interesting brightness by Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel.

Including to the stylish quotient is an eccentric soundtrack celebrating non-mainstream musicians (together with The Smiths) fashionable among the many throngs desirous to be labeled non-mainstream, the unbiased if questionable perspective underlined by Summer time proclaiming Ringo as her favorite Beatle. One other brow-raising cultural oddity emerges by way of expressed appreciation for architectural landmarks in Los Angeles.

Writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber in any other case navigate typical relationship challenges together with a mismatch in dedication ranges, twangs of jealousy, and misaligned communication types. However attempt as it’d, 500 Days Of Summer time can’t escape a lot of the style’s contrivances, and Summer time’s “simply buddies with occasional advantages” stance is a rickety basis from the outset. A misguided scene that includes the random public shouting of a physique half identify is cringey dangerous, and the ultimate chapter is weak, contaminated by deceitful behaviour unbecoming of buddies. 

With a mixture of good days, dangerous days, and bizarre days, the result is bang on common.

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