Lounger's Monday: 500 Days of Summer (film review)

Its been a long time we haven't had a Lounger's Monday and I just saw a great movie I wanted to share with you: 500 Days of Summer by Marc Webb


You gotta love a film which starts with the following disclaimer: "Any resemblance to people living or dead is purely accidental ... Especially you, Jenny Beckman ... Bitch. "

It’s a story on love but not a love story! As the title indicates it’s the story of 500 days in the life of Tom, from day one when he meets Summer to day 500 when he decides to get his life together after their break up. 

Tom believes, even in this cynical modern world, in the notion of a transforming, cosmically destined, lightning-strikes-once kind of love. Summer doesn't. Not at all. But that doesn't stop Tom from going after her, again and again with all his might and courage. Suddenly, Tom is in love not just with a lovely, witty, intelligent woman -- but with the very idea of Summer, 
the very idea of a love that still has the power to shock the heart and stop the world. 

The film leap frogs back and forth between the days that lets us see the fun times and the fault lines, we can all truly relate to the feelings of Tom from high highs to his low lows. The dialogues strike a cord and I’m sure there isn’t one of use who can’t relate to what is said. 

500 Days of Summer is not yet another romantic movie, that’s why this subtle smart-joyful-sad film hits you like a blast of pure romantic oxygen. It turns the genre on its empty head and sees relationships for what they are — a bruising business. Someone’s heart always gets ripped out. 

There are 2 kinds of American cinema: the one when a solitary hero tries to save the world or blows up half the universe and then the independent small budget cinema which often comes out with little gems and 500 Days of Summer is definitely of the latter category, not to forget the great soundtrack which lying on the film’s playfully unorthodox nature features a host of offbeat artists, including Regina Spektor, Feist, Black Lips, Doves, Carla Bruni, and The Smiths.




Lounger's Monday: 500 Days of Summer (film review)
hey alex, thanks for the review, i was just contemplating whether to..
10/12/2009 - 15:17
bring my wife out for a movie date as they're just screening this in hong kong's cinemas. seems like a good movie to spend some cosy time with wife.
Thanks for the review....
10/12/2009 - 19:22
I wish I had the time to go see movies as I once did: that isto say, before I had kids! 500 Days of Summer would be on my list of movies to see. Bill
Thanks Alex, I'll try to go see it
10/16/2009 - 00:24
although I'm a bit in the same spot as Bill... Cheers, Francois