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 7th, 2009
These are really wonderful and creative reviews of 500 Days of Summer. The authors saw a free screening of the film and went to post their review to the 500 Days of Summer microblog review site.
Christopher and I attended the free screening of (500) Days of Summer last week and in exchange gave a voluntary micro-review to the movie company Fox Searchlight through either facebook or twitter. I chose the twitter route and sought to write the review as a haiku thinking the 140 character twitter limit and 5-7-5 syllable haiku structure would save me time, but it turned out to be quite hard as it is with anything well-edited. Below are our final haiku reviews.
Credit to Sophorn and Christopher at norococo.July 18th, 2009
We never remember in chronological order, especially when we’re going back over a failed romance. We start near the end, and then hop around between the times that were good and the times that left pain. People always say “start at the beginning,” but we didn’t know at the time it was the beginning. “500 Days of Summer” is a movie that works that way.
Some say they’re annoyed by the way it begins on Day 488 or whatever and then jumps around, providing utterly unhelpful data labels: “Day 1,” “Day 249.” Movies are supposed to reassure us that events unfold in an orderly procession. But Tom remembers his love, Summer, as a series of joys and bafflements. What kind of woman likes you perfectly sincerely and has no one else in her life but is not interested in ever getting married?
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!
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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!