Quick Movie Review: (500) Days Of Summer (2009)

I was not surprised that I liked (500) Days Of Summer. It had a lot going for it. First off, I have a gigantic crush on Zooey Deschanel (she even sings in the movie!). Second, I’m a fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt (especially the way he’s handled his career even though I don’t always like his movies, I respect his choices). And third, the Totally Rad Show guys all liked it. So, yeah, as it turned out, I liked the movie a lot, which is funny because the plot is somewhat similar to that of The Wackness, which I reviewed a few days back and didn’t really like. Allow me to explain. The story is told from G-L’s perspective for the most part and follows him on his journey through love and heartbreak with Deshanel (Summer), who isn’t as into him as he is into her. The plot sounds simple and tired, but it’s not thanks to the way director Marc Webb tells the story. For one thing, it’s told in scattered order jumping back and forth through time in the 500 days G-L found himself fawning over Deschanel. We also get these wonderful flourishes that step out of reality and show the viewer things from more of an emotional perspective. There’s a mini documentary about love and, in my favorite moment in the scene, G-L walks out of Deschanel’s apartment and then the city turns into a drawing and then starts disappearing until it’s just his silhouette standing there. Sure, they could have just showed him smiling, but these kind of moments make this more than just an average movie. There’s another full-on dance number and a scene where G-L dances with a light-up sidewalk like a Michael Jackson video (this may even be in the same sequence with the city fading away, I can’t quite remember). And I’m glad these moments are there, because it’s not always easy to see G-L struggling so hard with a job he doesn’t really care about and, more importantly, a girl who doesn’t necessarily care about him as much as he does her. Em didn’t like the almost-ending, which I won’t spoil and kind of comes out of nowhere, but then the very end of the movie wrapped things up really well and in a clever way to boot. I will warn you that this isn’t an easy movie to follow if you’re not paying attention because it does jump around so much. So, this one’s highly recommended and kudos to Webb, I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.