We have all gone through it before – the ups and downs of a tumultuous relationship. The public displays of affection, such as hand holding, Eskimo kisses (admit it, you do) and sneaking a peck here and there, and we have also been through the fighting, arguing, and cursing to hell.
In the Sundance hit (500) Days of Summer, director Marc Webb provides an intimate look into a couple’s relationship, as they experience the highs and lows of young love in a movie that has become an instant classic in many people’s hearts (including my own) because of it’s wit, humor, and painful honesty.
The audience is informed from the opening scene (by our often annoying narrator), that it is a story about “boy meets girl.” From that moment forward, though, we understand that this is not a typical love story, and not your typical movie.
(500) Days does not follow a linear path. Rather, it bounces back and forth between 500 of the good, and bad days of a relationship. Day 1, when our main character, Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), first sets eyes on Summer (Zooey Deschanel), and Day 500 being when Tom realizes his love for her is gone. It is not a common story about boy meets girl, boy looses girl, boy gets over girl – it is rather a fascinating, emotionally draining, private view into the lives of two characters you cannot help but fall in love with.
Tom, a greeting card copywriter, is a hopeless romantic who wears his emotions on his sleeve, while Summer, who takes a position within Tom’s office, is just the opposite – interested, but not interested in commitment. It is the role reversal (Tom as the stereotypical emotional woman) that provides great humor, and insight into this romantic comedy the redefines the genre.
Romantic comedies today are often far-fetched and/or obvious and boring. The delicate nature of this film provides a remarkable breath of fresh air, as with each passing day, (not chronologically of course, as the meet-cute and break-up happen within the beginning of the film) we are enthralled by Tom’s desperation to label Summer his girlfriend, and broken-hearted when Summer continues to refuse. Zooey Deschanel – who should be despised – plays this role magnificently, walking the fine line between having us hate her, and having compassion for her.
Both Deschanel and Gordon-Levitt deliver in this must see indie-flick, providing plenty of laughs and tears, as everyone can relate with Tom, or has dated a Summer.
Not only does the movie produce a “gotta-have” soundtrack, (500) Days provides a captivating and unusual look of Los Angeles, as Webb steers clear of the famous locations that the city offers, and focuses on the comfortable neighborhoods and unknown treasures of LA architecture.
(500) Days of Summer is now playing in theaters everywhere.
– Dan Romanow
Daniel Romanow is the Group Director at gkBRAND