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Thursday, January 14, 2010

[7.75/10] (500) Days of Summer (2009)

(500) Days of Summer (2009)

Short review: "(500) Days of Summer" twists the stereotypical 'boy-meets-girl' rom-com love story formula on its head, in this case, boy meets girl who doesn't believe in love. What ensues is a far more realistic and totally un-Hollywood account of two fascinating characters unsure of what they've got themselves into. Instead of the film telling its story chronologically, the 500 days are shown non-linearly. We know right off the bat Tom and Summer's so-called friendship, since this isn't a love story, doesn't work out. Naturally, we go back to when they first met, when they became intimate, and so on. The two leads were quite charming, enthusiastic and had a wonderful chemistry. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, particularly, continues to amaze me, as he did in "Mysterious Skin". As for Zooey Deschanel as Summer, she has the cool girl next door appeal with something extra that makes her somewhat unattainable yet hard to resist or dislike. She's not bad, she's just honest and doesn't seem to believe in love. There are some interesting visual finds, but overall it's rather conventional in terms of camera work. The score and soundtrack also suit the film's quirky tone and sharp screenplay. For anyone who appreciates originality, and uniqueness, "(500) Days of Summer" is definitely a must-see.

  • My Rating: 7.75/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 87% (7.5/10)
  • IMDb: 8.1/10

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