Saturday, January 28, 2012

MOVIE REVIEW: (500) Days of Summer (2009) I just watched "(500) Days of Summer"(2009) with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. I absolutely LOVED it -- funny, sad, and bittersweet. Makes you think about boyfriends past and how a breakup looks from the other perspective. "(500) Days" reminded me of "Amelie," both movies are poignant, quirky and have beautiful art direction.

Plot: (SPOILERS ALERT!!!)* ************************************************************
The story follows Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a lonely greeting card writer who once aspired to be an architect. He believes in love and soul mates and becomes obsessed with the new office assistant, Summer (Deschanel). She is a mid-westerner who does not believe in love and is not looking for a boyfriend. In spite of making this very clear to Tom, they start dating casually and their fling becomes his passion. The movie takes us back and forth in the timeline of their relationship with a 500-day counter going up and down before key scenes. The early days of the romance are fun and romantic but the movie's non-linear scene shifts reveal signs of the impending break up, and the toll it ultimately takes on Tom. You feel for both Tom and Summer because you've probably been there before, on both sides of the break-up divide. Luckily, the movie ends on a positive note so hopefully you won't give up on love altogether.
Oh, and I should mention that the soundtrack is fantastic and I will be downloading it very soon.
I watched "(500) Days" on E!TV but it is also available on Amazon Video, and iTunes. Go watch it and enjoy.

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