The Secret of 500 Days of Summer
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?