Marc here. I’m back.
I’m not Marc Webb (the director of 500 Days.) I’m just a fan of the movie.
I rewatched 500 Days of Summer recently. I’ve seen it a few times but I feel like this was the first time I really “saw it.”
I have a new appreciation for this movie.
Tom and Summer—every interaction of theirs tore at me. It’s easy to identify with only Summer or only Tom. But to fully appreciate 500 Days of Summer, I think it’s important to really feel for both of them.
The film’s quality is in its truth and accuracy. Every minor character represents a variety of perspectives on love and relationships. From McKenzie to Tom’s cat-loving, female co-worker.
Most Hollywood movies stereotype these views on love so much that they become unrecognizable (unbelievable?) and the ideas lose their intrigue.
Luckily, here we have a film that doesn’t only appreciate spending time in this thought arena, it’s devoted to it.
I think people are critical of 500 Days of Summer, not because of a personal taste in screenplay, but because of paradigms, or perspectives.
Everyone can really enjoy this film, even if you don’t mesh with one character. Not meshing with a couple—still a solid film. But if your beliefs prevent you from connecting fully with many characters, the film loses its greatness.
So, an “A”, I would give this film.
Only an A because of that potential of a gap between a character and the audience.
But taking into account the unparalleled performance of Joesph Gordon-Levitt and the coolness and grace of director Marc Webb, this one gets an A+.
I could go on. Every actor in 500 Days is underrated. (And, of course, we would have nothing without writers Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber.)
Agree with my review? How did you relate with the characters of 500 Days of Summer?August 20th, 2009
I just recieved an email about a 500 Days of Summer Walking Tour, guided by Marty Cummins, key assistant location manager for “(500) Days” and Harry Medved, co-author of the SoCal movie location guidebook, “Hollywood Escapes.”
The tour is free with optional donations benefiting Los Angeles Conservancy, a historic preservation organization (something Tom could get behind.)
Sunday, August 30, 3-6 pm
Meet at Old Bank DVD 400 S. Main Street (at 4th street)
Downtown Los Angeles
The tour’s description from the organizers is listed below! If you decide to head out for the tour let them know you read about it at 500DAYS.com and please, post your photos from the event here!August 15th, 2009
We’ve now exhausted the schedule for 500 Days of Summer Release Dates but the schedule only lists major cities anyway. A lot of theaters are showing 500 Days of Summer and aren’t listed on the release schedule. This means 500 Days of Summer might be playing in your own city or one very close-by without you knowing it!
So there you go: this will either make it really easy for you to see 500 Days of Summer for the first time, or cut down on driving time to see it your second, third, or fourth time! ;)
Does the Google search for showtimes work well for you? Find a theatre closer than you expected? Let me know in the comments.July 25th, 2009
Use the map below to virtually visit some landmarks from scenes in the film. Or use the map to plan your trip and visit them in real life!
View 500 Days of Summer LA Landmarks in a larger map and try using Google Street View to check out some scenes from 500 Days of Summer.
Folks looking for Tom’s bench will find it on the map. Michael T., who sent these landmarks from a map he received after a screening, recreated an image from the film at Tom’s favorite spot.
The plain text list submitted by Michael is posted after the jump.July 22nd, 2009
If you’re one of the nearly 12 million fans of 500 Days of Summer using Twitter (ok, not all Twitter users are also fans, yet) then you’re probably wondering which cast members you can follow.
Thanks for asking Kayley! Follow the jump to find out who you can follow on Twitter.July 17th, 2009
500 Days of Summer has begun its limited release as of midnight today. Congratulations to screenwriters Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter and director Marc Webb on his first feature film! Joesph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel have been receiving rave reviews. My newspaper, The National Post, published their review of 500 Days of Summer this morning: “(500) Days of Summer: What’s not to love?”. Enough said!
Unsure when 500 Days of Summer will be playing near you? Find the nearest 500 Days of Summer Release Date.
500 Days fan Michael Traversa submits his recreation photo at Tom’s special bench. Compare his photo to the shot from the film after the jump!