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(500) Days of Summer: Movie Review


Seeing the movie title "(500) Days of Summer" and hearing about chicks getting excited about it would probably turn most guys off. You can definitely imagine eyes rolling and hearing sighs telling "Not another rom-com!". Well surprisingly, "(500) Days of Summer" is not a romantic comedy and the movie states from the get-go that this is not another love story. What is intriguing about this film is that we just cannot pinpoint what kind of film it is. Is it a drama? Is it purely comedic, satirical in nature? Is it just about life and reality? The definite question though is did it work out all right even with it mixed nature? To find out our answer, read on.



The film can be summed up by it's tagline: "Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn't." Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has always believed in fate when it comes to love. In fact, he has waited all his life for that one girl that will sweep him off his feet. One day, Tom gets to see his soul mate in Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel). The two couldn’t be more different - Summer doesn’t even think the concept of love exists. Summer eventually proposes that they stop seeing each other. Can Tom move on from this “break-up” or will he eventually do all he can to win Summer back?

"(500) Days of Summer" truly is a remarkable film. It is such a deep and compelling movie that essentially sums up what most of us have endured in love and in life. But even with its near philosophical nature, the tone is light, upbeat and funny. You will never feel bored or overwhelmed even with all the complex scenes that are popping up on screen. The story too is presented on a nonlinear way. The film jumps from the days when Tom and Summer are together to when they are apart. Some people might say that this is a surefire way for the narrative to backfire but actually, it compliments it. There are also scenes where there are non-conventional film styles not seen in mainstream movies (changes in film color, screen splits). What makes this movie special is actually its lack of identity that makes it really flexible for any viewer. You can sit down and watch it as a comedy or you can interpret it as a deep love story. We might not agree that this is not a love story in nature but who cares? And did we mention the wonderful movie soundtrack and the part wherein the movie turns into a musical? Definitely more reasons for you to catch the movie!

Rating: 5 reels





Why you should watch it:
- a deep and complex film that never bogs you down
- the plot, narrative and film style is one-of-a-kind when it comes to mainstream films

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- a mixed bag that might not meet your expectations as a comedy or a drama


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