Guest Post: It’s gripping, funny, and heartbreaking.
From the beginning of the movie, the narrator simply lays out for you that the movie is not a love story. It is a story about love. a “boy meets girl” story. This changes the movie from being just another romantic comedy with a sappy happy ending, to a realistic movie that really goes deep on what relationships can be like.
Since this movie was seen through Tom’s eyes, the audience is immediately put in his shoes. So, the unpredictable and unreadable Summer is almost an enemy. We (the audience) want Tom to end up doing what we saw him start trying to do from the beginning of the movie (where we saw him greeving about her only wanting to be friends)get Summer back. But not every movie can have the ending that we want. For really, we knew in the end they wouldn’t end up together, for she so plainly point out many times in the story, she “likes” him.
Summer is a fun, independent girl who knows what she wants. And what she wants is to be single. To not have anything “serious”. And Tom is a boy who knows what he wants, and that is Summer. Tom is convinced that he met the one, and throughout the movie we see all the great times that he shares with Summer. All the times that she didn’t give him that look of disinterest or boredom. Those are the times that he constantly looks back on and obsesses over. Tom doesn’t seem to completely understand Summer. Yet, if she really wanted him to, she would completely “let down her wall”. But from about the middle to the end of the movie, that wall comes back up and Tom gradually begins to lose what he never seemed to completely have of Summer.
It’s heart breaking to see him not get his expectations, and faces the reality of what was going on. Though the whole movie left me hanging in a way. Yes, the story was summed up, but the whole time I didn’t want to be seeing the story through his eyes, for he was easy to read. He wasn’t what i was wondering about. It was Summer that was really the mystery of the whole movie. We never really know what kind of girl she really is. For she is selfish at some points, and at others you can notice that she cares about him.
I didn’t really know how they were going to end the movie. I knew that the two would probably not be together in the end but Summer marrying didn’t really fit her character much. She was this non-believer in true love and then within 500 days she falls in love? I didn’t quite understand why she didn’t fall for Tom when he was the one who opened her eyes to love. I think that is really the most heart breaking thing. The fact that he tries so hard to get so close to her and he falls in love with her, but her mixed signals send him on his own. And it leaves the audience thinking: what is so great about this new guy that’s better than Tom?
In the end the two characters basically switch their point of view on love. tom started out having a fantasy of love, and he believed that true love was real. And summer…didn’t. I think this movie was complicated, yet just a movie about relationships and how you can’t always be sure. One of the many morals was that you can’t always get what you want, but everything happens for a reason.
It may sound like im criticizing but im really not. Getting me to say this much about a movie shows that it was really well done. Definitely won’t forget it. I absolutely LOVED this movie.
This post was submitted by Iris .