(500) Days of Summer **** out of **** Spill Rating: BETTER THAN SEX!
"This is a story of boy meets girl. But you should know up front, this is not a love story" Narrator
Normally I hate romantic comedies. That is the only genre of film that I am slightly biased against. It's not because they're chick flicks, its because all of them are the same. There about fifty of these released a year, and only a couple of them have anything new to offer. This year we have New in Town, The Proposal, He's Just Not That Into You and My Life in Ruins. There is only one of those that offer anything new and that's being generous.
That isn't to say I won't watch one. The good romantic comedies I would watch without bitching at all. Fortunately, I was able to see (500) Days of Summer, not only the best romantic comedy in years but maybe the best film of the year thus far. (Seeing Hurt Locker next) The buzz for this film has been all positive. I seriously have not seen one bad review for this but that is well deserved. Whatever your feelings are on romantic comedies, I guarentee you will love this movie.
(Taken from trailer) "This is a story of boy meets girl. The boy, Tom Henson (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) grew up believing that he would never truly be happy until the day he met The One. The Girl, Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel), did not share this belief." I think you could tell from that what the story is.
Upon first appearances, the film looks like every other rom-com of the last few years. To combat that is a hugely unique way of telling the story. Instead of a linear story of showing Summer and Tom together, it flashes back and forth between the many 500 good and bad days of their relationship. Even though it sounds simple but it makes the movie. Without that angle, this movie would have hugely suffered.
The other unique angle that this movie has is it's humor. From a fantastical dance on the street to a a literal riff on an Ingmar Bergman film. Trust me, it will make sense once you see it. Another example of this is when a sequence where the screen is split in half. One one side is Reality. On the other, Expectations. The character Tom is going to a party being thrown by Summer. He is hoping to get back together after the break-up (It's in the trailer) We get to see the same scene played out differently. It's scenes like this that make the movie unique.
I know that what I've said so far might not warrant it 4 stars but this is the type of movie I could watch over and over. there is not one dull moment in it. The performances are great, it has a good soundtrack, and is funny as hell. There may be many good movies out this year but none of them are as fun as (500) Days of Summer.