(500) Days of Summer
Directed by Marc Webb
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel
“This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know up front, that this is not a love story.” This interesting statement greets viewers in the first few minutes of the film. It is interesting in that the entire movie revolves around the question of love.
(500) Days of Summer is the complicated story between Summer Finn (Deschanel) and Tom Hansen (Gordon-Levitt). This isn’t your typical romantic comedy; it isn’t predictable and it works the brain. Throughout the movie, I was questioning myself about love and realized that there is no secret formula to love. It is such an elusive concept, that I am not even sure that I will ever understand the feeling.
In fact, Summer is faced by the same conundrum as I, but she goes as far as not believing in love at all. Dare I say, that she is afraid of love? Then again, most people probably are too.
"I [Summer] don’t feel comfortable being anyone’s girlfriend, I actually don’t feel comfortable being anyone’s anything […] I like being on my own. Relationships are messy and people’s feelings get hurt. Who needs it? We’re young, […] might as well have fun while we can. And save the serious stuff for later." Here’s a quote that I rather enjoyed. I agreed with every word of it and was glad to see that I am not alone thinking this way.
The actors do a great job of portraying a realistic relationship between a girl and a boy. It was a pleasure to follow the days in their lives. I had a permanent smile at the corner of my mouth scene after scene.
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