To call (500) Days of Summer a romantic movie would be an incorrect statement. Despite that, I can think of nothing else to say about it other than it is probably the most honest film in the romance genre. Unlike other films, this shows not only “the first five minutes” but every aspect of a relationship. As the viewer we are flooded with scenes of pure love and happiness, but at other times we are forced to watch the arguments that all relationships feature.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Tom, a man who is swept off his feet by Summer, an attractive co-worker who shares many of his interests, except for one. While Tom loves and believes people are meant to be together, Summer feels it’s all chemicals and that fate does not exist. Summer, played by Zooey Deschanel, draws many comparisons to what society perceives all men to be. Her desire for sex, and the lack of love, is not reliant on gender, so it is refreshing to see a woman possess this trait in a film.
The supporting cast, which primarily features Matthew Gray Gubler, Chloë Grace Moretz and Geoffrey Arend do a fine job. Gubler and Arend did confuse me at first, as I thought they were gay at first. It isn’t until mid-way through the movie that you realize they are just friends, with Gubler’s character being married. This wasn’t due to poor acting, more of an unfortunately delayed character introduction.
Marc Webb was able to create a very pretty, yet dark world in just under 90 minutes. It felt like the world we all share, which is one thing all directors strive for. Webb, with the help of Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, were able to take stock film characters (the perfect girl, the fool) and turn them into characters with souls. Though, I do think Deschanel and Gordon-Levitt deserve most of the credit on turning the characters into three-dimensional characters.
Now, the movie isn’t perfect. It suffers from a lot of silliness, which occasionally works, but at other times it just falls flat. The movie won’t make you rethink your life, but it will make you remember your first love, and your first heartbreak.
Favorite Line: Robin is better than the girl of my dreams. She’s real. – Paul (Matthew Gray Gubler)
Favorite Scene: When JGL walks around town with the “I just had sex” face.