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  • When Tom, a hapless greeting card copywriter and hopeless romantic, is blindsided after his girlfriend summer dumps him, he shifts back and forth through various periods of their 500 days "together" to try to figure out where things went wrong. His reflections ultimately lead him to finally rediscover his true passions in life.

  • Directed by: Marc Webb
    Wirtten by: Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber
    Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Clark Gregg, Minka Kelly, Matthew Gray Gubler, Rachel Boston, Geoffrey Arend, Chloe Moritz
    Producers: Jessica Tuchinsky, Mary Waters, Steven Wolfe, Mason Novick

  • This post modern love story is never what we expect it to be -- It's thorny yet exhilarating, funny and sad, a twisted journey of highs and lows that doesn't quite go where we think it will.

    Release Date: July 17, 2009

Guest Post: “I’m the hero of this story. I don’t need to be saved.”

The other night I got the chance to see (500) Days of Summer, starring Jospeh Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, with Lily. I didn’t really know anything about the movie before I watched it–I just wanted to see it because of how amazing Levitt’s acting was in Brick. He didn’t disappoint me in this outing.

(5oo) Days of Summer can be summed up as Juno meets Annie Hall. The film’s plot concerns an employee for a greeting card company (Tom) who can’t escape his previous relationship with a girl named Summer, played by the talented Zooey Deschanel. Bits and pieces of their relationship are presented to the film viewer–out of sequence–as Tom tries to discover why everything fell apart, what he can do to get Summer back, and if love actually exists. I know. It sounds bland, but this one has several elements that push it far beyond the run-of-mill.

First, the acting is simply incredible. As I said before, Levitt wowed me with his spot-on Sam Spade impersonation in Rian Johnson’s homage to noir films: Brick. In (500) Days however, Levitt sheds his hard boiled detective act and trades it in for the sensitivity and bitterness of Holden Caufield. The sensitive male role is a performance that’s often exaggerated to the point where the audience often finds themselves annoyed–and even hating–the character. Levitt’s Tom never losses his sympathetic appeal even when his obsession verges on obnoxious behavior in the latter part of the film.

Zooey Deschannel is incredible as a thinly veiled Annie Hall clone–Summer. She’s the product of a broken home, independent, blunt with her sexuality and incredibly beautiful. This could have been such a simple role to botch. Nothing that Summer says is particularly witty or catchy, but Deschannel (just as Diane Keaton with Annie Hall) manages to make her such an intriguing character through her physical presence . Summer is not only a character that must be watched, but one that must also be read. She must be read through her facial expressions, how she moves her body, and–especially–how she looks at Tom when she’s speaking to him or he is speaking to her.

The actors aren’t the only ones who should be praised. Marc Webb does quite an impressive job with his directorial debut–probably the best since Zach Braff’s Garden State. This story could have easily fallen to pieces in the hand of even a seasoned director but Webb rises to the challenge with the talent of virtuoso. The cinematography is never over-the-top or artsty just for the sake of being artsy. Every shot, every angle, and every neat little trick that Webb employs has its purpose. Hopefully, this film marks the beginning of a young and talented auteur’s superb career.

I feel that it would be wrong not to mention the soundtrack. After all, Tom’s attraction to Summer blossoms when she displays her knowledge of the Smith’s catalog. The experience simply would not be nearly as enthralling without the music. Every song serves its accompanying scene splendidly and helps the viewer connect with the two leads. I would say that it’s even better than the Juno and Garden State soundtracks simply because those soundtrack are more like stellar mix CDs than anything else–there is no theme or running emotion connecting the songs together. (500) Days is a different story. You can almost decipher the story just from listening to the soundtrack. The beginning tracks that deal with the yearning for a crush and the utter joy of ending up with that crush, the middle section of the CD that encompasses the fading of the joy and the eventual disintegration of the relationship, and the final portion of the soundtrack that deals with recovery from and acceptance of the lost relationship. Ultimately, it’s an emotion provoking selection of music that’s as vital to the movie as the acting and the directing.
I would argue that (500) Days of Summer is destined to become a modern classic film, ranking along side Milk, There Will Be Blood, Garden State, Children of Men, American Psycho, and Little Miss Sunshine. Why? It’s not because it’s a particularly quotable film or that it’s an innovative movie with some neat camera tricks. Instead, I think it will because it has a soul. It’s a movie that takes a snapshot of love in the modern world and bravely presents it without removing any of the blemishes.

Written for my blog

This post was submitted by Javy Gwaltney.

Guest Post: Best Relationship Film

From the moment “(500) Days of Summer” began I knew I was going to love it. Marc Webb’s first feature length film dazzled audiences at Sundance and is sure to be this year’s “Little Miss Sunshine” or “Juno.”
The story is of a greeting card writer Tom, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“3rd Rock From the Sun”) a firm believer in the idea of soul mates, true love, and fate, who falls in love with Summer, Zooey Deschanel (“Elf”). However, Summer doesn’t exactly share his romantic views. From the very beginning the movie tells you that “this is not a love story,” and it’s true. It’s a story about love, life, and the reality of what you encounter during both.
The movie is a mix of pre-breakup and post-breakup scenes that show Tom trying to get over Summer but only being able to remember the good times they shared. This blend of material keeps the audience interested, and through Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel’s captivating chemistry, you never want to look away.
While the chemistry among the actors was important, Webb’s directing brought a refreshing new look to romantic comedies, if you would even call it a romantic comedy. An interesting concept Webb used was a split screen that showed Tom’s expectation versus the reality of his date. No words were needed for this portion — the visual alone said much more than any words ever could have achieved.
One of the best parts of the movie was a Bollywood-like dance scene that shows Tom meeting multiple people on his way to work including an animated blue bird. The pre-breakup dance scene ends with him smiling while the elevator closes and when the elevator opens we are back with post-breakup Tom, who looks like he just got out of a bar fight. This again shows Webb’s ability to create new and interesting concepts for this genre of film.
While the acting and directing were both superb, the wit and humor from the writers were a driving force behind the movies comedic charm. It laid the foundation for the actors and director to build on. Joke after joke, kept the audience laughing.
With this triple threat of acting, directing, and writing, this film is sure to be a summer hit. I highly recommend this movie to all for there is a little something for everyone to relate to. My advice, stimulate the economy this July by taking a chance on “(500) Days of Summer.” You won’t be disappointed.

I wrote this for my school newspaper!

This post was submitted by Cheyenne.

Guest Post: “This movie had a lot to offer…”

this movie had a lot to offer. I loved every single song they played and have already gotten most of them. And the cinematography is some of the most beautiful and unique that i’ve seen in a long time, especailly the actual and expectations part. And i like the certain parts of their relationship they were really cute. But as far the story went i felt it was a little one sided, showing that the boy still hasn’t gotten over her, especially with that little disclaimer at the beginning calling the girl a bitch. In the movie she’s very straight forward with him and he just goes on believing that she loves him.even when he goes on a blind date and the girl reminds him that summer didn’t cheat, she didn’t take advantage of him and she did exactly what she told him she was gonna do. But i feel that even in their relationship the movie didn’t show them even getting to know each other much. Like how she opens up about her parents relationship and then he realizes she opens up but he doesn’t pursue that or try to get to know her deeper. And in the end he couldn’t take his own advice, he felt it but she didn’t and she did the right thing by ending it. Because he said love you just know and you feel it, and she didn’t, so in the end he’s just mad because he “fell in love” and she didn’t love him back. But don’t get me wrong i really liked this movie and was not disappointed by going to see it, even though the story has some holes i felt it was still a very realistic interpretation of a a true “love” story where everything doesn’t work, because most of the time, as much as we hate it, that’s what happens.

This post was submitted by casper.

Guest Post: I’ve fallen in love with (500) Days of Summer

I LOVED this movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Everyone NEEDS to see it before the summer is over!!!!!!!!!!!! TRUST ME!!!

This post was submitted by Ayla.

Must Watch: 500 Days of Summer “Bank Heist” Music Video

Quite honestly the best video ever– the best, best, best, best, BEST. What a team. Hard to describe Zooey Deschanel as anything but incredible but to choose between her and Joe Gordon-Levitt? Impossible. Marc Webb makes me want to direct and a very catchy tune by She & Him. Makes me a very happy guy.

You must watch this video: after the jump.

Music: Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? by She & Him (iTunes link)
Zooey Deschanel & Joesph Gordon-Levitt
Director: Marc Webb
Choreographer: ? premiered the video today along with a short article about the video. Included is this great tidbit:

Deschanel and Gordon-Levitt say they hope to team up repeatedly and have aspirations of being a regular screen couple, like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers or Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.

They’re not a real couple, but they’re good at faking it.


Zooey on Jimmy Kimmel

It was a holiday here in Canada yesterday and I took the weekend off to the cottage so I apologize for the lack of updates the past few days! There have been some cool news stories surrounding 500 Days of Summer.

If you missed Zooey Deschanel on Jimmy Kimmel the other night, check her out below. Jimmy admitted he hadn’t yet seen 500 Days of Summer so here’s hoping that’s changed by now!

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