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(500) Days of Summer


Oct. 3 I had the pleasure of viewing three movies, one of which was stellar, two of which were subpar.

As you might have guessed, given the title of this post, the stellar flick was indeed (500) Days of Summer, directed by Marc Webb.  The film was awesome start to finish. The two leads, Summer and Tom, are played by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. They had great chemistry together that carried the movie.

As the narrator tells us from the get-go, the movie is not a love story but a story of boy meets girl…Tom meets Summer at work, Tom falls for Summer, Summer doesn’t return the sentiment. Despite this warning I still found myself wanting Summer and Tom to end up together. They seemed perfect for each other. At the same time though I wasn’t disappointed when they didn’t end up together because, after Tom finally gathered up his shattered feelings, there seemed to be hope for him again…in the form of a girl named Autumn (which has its own cute but cliche touch).

It was refreshing to see a film in which (for once) the male character is the one searching for true love, being heartbroken and becoming a blubbering mess.

The film was also really funny. Deschanel’s character had a witty, deadpan humor that paralleled her personality very well. There were a slew of funny lines like, “People don’t realize this but loneliness is underrated” and “some guy she met at the gym with Brad Pitt’s face and Jesus’ abs,” that still stick out to me.

Lastly the film’s soundtrack was great, with music by Regina Spektor, Feist, The Smiths, Hall & Oates, and Simon & Garfunkel.



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