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(500) Days of Summer

February 16, 2012

Released back in 2009, (500) Days of Summer hit the big screen with no more than a whisper of its success.

I saw (500) Days of Summer in its preview showing at my local cinema; from that moment on I saw great potential for this film and it’s brilliantly selected soundtrack. But no one seemed to notice.

The film follows Tom, a young man who has been brought up believing in having a one true love, and not being happy until he finds it.  The film jumps back and forth, sometimes using the same sequences more than once but from a different perspective.

A cliché narrator occurs a couple of times in the film but this simply adds to the ‘mick-take’ angle it has against every other romantic comedy. Being known as the anti-romantic comedy, it constantly plays out common themes that occur in your average rom-com.

The director, Marc Webb, experiments with sound as well as vision. The lyrics to the songs seem to mirror what is being played out in the films. The Smiths music is used throughout and even mentioned within the film. The painful yet loving lyrics of The Smiths represent a main motif throughout the film.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception and 50/50) co-stars beautifully along side Zooey Deschannel (Elf and Yes Man). Gordon-Levitt brings a quality to the character of Tom that is hard to express in words. We see the pain he feels for his unrequited love to Summer and all we want is for him to be happy. Deschannel’s character, Summer, on the other hand is a ‘There’s Something About Mary” girl who people seem to find very appealing, but as an audience we develop a level of detest for her character.

Smaller roles, such as Tom’s younger sister, Rachel played by Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick –Ass and Diary of a Wimpy Kid) still add further depth to the film. Rachel seems to represent the part in all of us that keeps us strong through the more painful experiences in life.

Overall, (500) Days of Summer is a film I think most people can connect with. It has many levels to it that are sometimes missed during the first time you watch it. It is not just a film; it is a connective experience. Combining sound and vision to its utter-most brilliance.

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