Media Maven: “500 Days of Summer” Movie Review

Media Maven: “500 Days of Summer” Movie Review

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"500 Days of Summer"


Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geffrey Arend, Chloe Moretz, Matthew Gray Gubler, Clark Gregg, Patricia Belcher, Rachel Boston, Minka Kelly


During the introduction of the trailer and film, you’ll hear a voiceover say, “This is a story about love. This is not a love story.” I would have to agree.


Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a regular guy working as a writer at a greeting card company. One day Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel) is hired at his office, and Tom is head-over-heels in love with Summer.


What ordinarily make a love story a love story are two people making a connection and a commitment. In "500 Days of Summer," viewers see the hope of love, the facade of love and finally unrequited love. First-time director Marc Webb, whose experience is in directing music videos, did a fine job in telling us this story. The technique he used included vignettes involving Tom and Summer and their 500 days together. In no chronological order, the audience sees snippets of Tom and Summer throughout the film.


A really fun sequence is the morning after Tom and Summer have been together all night. Tom is walking on air, the sky is blue. A dance sequence that involves all the people Tom sees as he walks to work cleverly conveys that feeling of love and its newness, its energy, its unabandoned belief that “all is right with the world.” The reality is that it takes two to make love last — two to be so sure of the other.


And that is what makes this film so very refreshing. From the start, Summer tells Tom she is a skeptic of true love. Tom is a hopeless romantic. It is the intertwining of hearts and reality played out so honestly in this film that makes it such a poignant, pleasurable story to see.


Chic Stars: * * * *


Jan’s Movie Rating System:

***** – Top-notch entertainment
**** – Compelling, heartwarming, thrilling, comical
*** – The a) story b) actors c) special effects saved/made this movie.
** – If you are bored, watch it, or wait for DVD
* – Don’t bother. Too morose, too violent, too blase, an enigma.