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I love this film. I love it and part of me wishes I had never seen it. The reason I say that is because I identified with it a little too much. It really hit home. Like Tom, I am someone whose idea of love and the way love should be was largely based on my taste in sad british pop music, movies, and television that I loved growing up. I also had a yearlong on again off again relationship with a woman that dresses and looks very similar to Summer. She was married and divorced already by age 26 and had given up on the idea of love and shared Summers cynicism about love. She was upfront with me that she was really just looking for friendship. She played hot and cold. She dumped me and broke my heart. Her name is not important. But you should know…she is a bitch.
Ok.Now that we got that out of the way, I can say this is one of the most truthful films I have ever seen. Funny, sad, depressing, and uplifting all rolled into 95 minutes. The performances in this film are great by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The alt-rock hipster soundtrack is also a standout.I didn’t want to write this review to summarize the entire movie but I just wanted to point out a couple things that haven’t been mentioned in other reviews.
I feel that Tom and Summer both needed this relationship and this experience.This film is so moving because they both learned a lot from each other and needed to become a little more like one another to become successful in future relationships. Tom and Summer had much in common when it came to music and pop culture taste but were very different in the way they viewed the world and their expectations about love and relationships. Tom was way too much of a romantic. He becomes attached way too quickly(not that I blame him, I love Summer)and puts Summer on a pedestal and all of his romantic idealizations and expectations on her.
Summer, on the other hand, is way too cynical and closed off to the possibility of love due to her parents divorce. She is a realist but needs to be a little more of a romantic like Tom. I don’t feel like she would have met someone else and given them a chance if she hadn’t spent her time with Tom. Tom did manage to knock some of her shield down. Lucky for the next guy that she was more attracted to. Not so lucky for Tom.
Tom goes through a lot more heartache than Summer but I feel it was something he needed. It forced him to quit his job and chase his true talent and passion of architecture. I also feel Tom will take this next relationship with Autumn as it comes, much like Summer did with him and perhaps it will work out better for him because of it. Tom should have realized with Summer that if you have been hanging out with someone for several months and sleeping with them and they are still reluctant to call you their significant other that something is off. Hopefully he learns from this experience. I think this film was really about the last important romantic relationship that these two people would have before they met the people they would spend the rest of their lives with.
I also really enjoyed the part in the film where the narrator says that most days just come and go with no real lasting memories. So True. We remember the good stuff. Even in failed relationships there are a few moments of great joy that seem to remain etched in our memories. There was for me with my version of Summer…and I will always remember and cherish the night we danced all night together and I wanted that night to go on forever and ever…even if my Summer turned out to be a bitch.
Okay, just a few brief gripes about the movie.
-Summer really does treat Tom carelessly at their co-workers wedding. She was well aware that Tom loved her and she should have mentioned that she had met someone rather than putting him through the emotional hell of inviting him to what essentially turned out to be her engagement party. She danced with Tom and reminisced about their relationship and fell asleep with her head on his shoulder on the bus. I would have liked her character better if she wouldn’t have led him on this way.
-I don’t believe that even if Summer did fall in love and meet a guy who swept her off her feet that she would plausibly be engaged in just over 3 months. I feel that someone like Summer who had divorced parents and such reservations about marriage and love would not get engaged that quickly even if she was feeling it. I think it would have been more realistic to have her just have met a new guy rather than be engaged that quickly. And how fast did they get married? Did they just run down to city hall or what?……but these are just small gripes in such a fantastic movie.
This post was submitted by Derek G.
Okay, for starters I saw this movie on a date. Throughout the movie I kept feeling bad for the guy, because he was my Tom and I his Summer!
This movie is not a love story which I love! :D
It’s not completely predictable. I was tuned in immediately, watching how both characters have different aspects about this thing we call “love,” and then in the end both proven wrong.
I have already seen it three times. I listen to the soundtrack everyday! It’s on my myspace! And on my work computer. I want this to be my secret from the world because it’s so good!!
I am absolutely in love with the styles embedded in the movie not just with costume but by keeping modern LA out of it!
This post was submitted by ace.
i thought this movie was really good, but i just wish Tom and Summer would have ended up together in the end! That woulf have made it perfect!
This post was submitted by Kristen.
This movie was incredible. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel are a perfect pairing for this truly geniue movie. It made me laugh and cry many times. I felt like I really cared about these characters.If you’re young or old I think you will love it! Plus it got a killer soundtrack!I’m going to see over and over again.
This post was submitted by Katie.
JJ Rating: A+
Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) falls for Summer (Zooey Deschanel) in the cliché way of love at first sight. But this story, as the Narrator at the beginning of the movie stresses, is NOT a love story. It is not a Taylor Swift song. It tells how the relationship started, progressed and how it ended. (500) Days of Summer.
I saw the trailers and I was interested in this movie. It never really totally dawned on me how much I would relate to it until I started hearing more and more about the film, and then it hit me like a feather. But when I sat in the theater and I watched the film and each scene reminded me of what I had gone through it hit me harder…like a ton of feathers. Every time Tom would say something or show his feelings about a matter I swear I heard me. It was really creepy. And Summer got on my nerves steadily and readily from the moment she suggest there’s no love to the very end when she emotionally violates Tom.
Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel did painfully good job. I really like Deschanel. I think she’s a great actress but she reminded me so much of someone who shared similar relationship philosophy that it was so easy to totally dislike her. Levitt had an array of emotions that just cascaded in the film; whether he was in silence or he was being verbal he made it seem as if he was showing his infatuation, love, happiness and pain from his very soul.
One thing I believe many people can relate to is having a relationship that you were so invested in that when it fails the difficult part is trusting yourself again. You trusted yourself with knowing that someone was safe and you end up being wrong and it’s harder to forgive yourself than other people. And the question arises: Why would next time be any different?
Aside from the very dramatic and overly painful moments that reminded me of my past there were funny moments. (500) Days of Summer is not a straight telling of events. It does bounce from one part of the story to another part and that gives some amusing moments with a huge contrast in happy and in love vs. upset and out of love. There is also a lot of use of blue which is really apparent in one of the Tom is so happy moments he’s practically singing and dancing with a blue bird on his shoulder. The people who join him in this Disney-esque setting are all wearing different shades of blue. According to IMDB’s Trivia section on (500) Days of Summer they use of blue in the film was to bring out Deschanel’s eyes. That did work because her eyes were vibrant and I noticed the over use of blue. Actually I noticed it only in that one part and only after I read that bit about the blue did I realize that the poster is shrouded in shades of blue.
It was a fantastic idea the way the story was told. Had it been told in a sequence that is considered normal it would have almost been too much of the same to be as entertaining. The bouncing from day 3 to like day 145 made it interesting since it was known that the story was headed to being a disaster for Tom and that beating romantic heart he held in fantasy. Speaking of the numbers I do not know what significance this really has but the 8’s and 3’s were upside down when the day number is mentioned. The 5’s and 2’s look really odd like they were backwards and flipped and seem to be similar but I’m not as sure as I am with the 8’s and 3’s. I noticed that because when I look at gas station number’s they do have flipped 8’s and 3’s a lot of the time and it bugs me. I want to go and change it for them to make it all better for me.
(500) Days of Summer is on my top ten list for this year. It encapsulated so much emotion and it vented it in so many different ways that just looking at screenshots riddles my heart with so much pent up pain. And maybe this movie was good therapy for my latent emotional scares to allow them to exist again so I can finally get over them. The single gesture that Summer does at the end of the movie that is very simple hurt to see and I would bet it would hurt to feel. This movie is good and one of the few times I really wish I could say thank you to the creators because it is so painfully true. Then to those that think movies are so far from reality I would say, “Your cynical hearts are so wrong this go-around.” Because this go-around it seems like I was watching a biography instead of a fiction.
This post was submitted by J_Jammer.
I know, I’m cheating but I plan on seeing the movie before I leave for DC (maybe see it there, too?) I promise!
I did come up with these gems:
Joseph and Zooey
Was there since “Manic”
And another poem
Summer makes your skin sweat
And winter turns your exposed skin blue
After their respective shoots in GQ
I’m lusting after these two
This post was submitted by Mel.