(500) Days of Summer DVD|
She loves me, she loves me not...
500 Days of Summer is an fresh-feeling rom-Com directed by Marc Webb and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.
This post-modern love story will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions and follows Tom, a hopeless romantic that works as a greeting card copywriter. When heartbroken Tom is dumped by his girlfriend Summer, with whom he wanted to spend his life, he looks back over their 500 days together to tries to determine what went wrong.
The story goes backwards and forwards through their often stormy relationship, dissecting the structure of their romance and the reasons why people, cringingly, try so hard so hard to understand love and make happen.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play Off-beat romantic comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Brick Mysterious Skin) and Zooey Deschanel (Failure to Launch) "This is a story of boy meets girl" begins the wry probing narrator of 500 Days Of Summer and with that the film takes off at breakneck speed into a funny true-to-life and unique dissection of the unruly and unpredictable year-and-a-half of one young man&39;s no-holds-barred love affair Tom the boy still believes even in this cynical modern world in the notion of a transforming cosmically destined lightning-strikes-once kind of love Summer the girl doesn&39;t Not at all But that doesn&39;t stop Tom from going after her again and again like a modern Don Quixote with all his might and courage Suddenly Tom is in love not just with a lovely witty intelligent woman -- not that he minds any of that -- 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
Average Rating for (500) Days of Summer - 4 out of 5
(based on 5 user reviews)
(500) Days of SummerL Still
500 Days of Summer is a film that's every little bit as glorious as its title would suggest. A comedy with some serious heart, it aims to please by presenting a conventional story in an unconventional fashion, and it delivers with every beat.
The story in itself could be criticised for being fairly run-of-the-mill in the overpopulated world of romantic comedies. Boy meets girl, boy and girl grow closer, boy and girl have a tumultuous rollercoaster of a relationship that lasts for the rest of the film. Nothing so special here. But in telling the 500-day story deliberately out of order, the film manages to hit the audience hard with a hefty comic (and romantic) punch.
At Day 1, the chronology starts with greeting card writer Tom Hansen encountering the enigmatic Summer Finn. The following 499 days cover the highs and lows of their relationship, ending on Day 500 with ... well, you'll have to watch to see. Incidentally, one of the initial scenes takes place on Day 488 before quickly rewinding to the beginning, laying the pieces for a puzzle which slots together tremendously satisfyingly over the film's duration. The scenes are layered together such that vibrant, joyous montages of dancing in the streets are sometimes lumped next to scenes so depressing that, tonally, it should feel quite inappropriate. But this intentional mish-mash of moods leads to some really great comedic moments, and occasionally a rather touching revelation as well.
The film is exceptionally well written. The dialogue is crisp, fresh and naturally funny without ever verging into Diablo Cody's Juno hyper-geek-speak territory, and the romantic moments are warmly charming without being cheesy. The lead characters are rounded but flawed, and the secondary cast are given characters with more than just a single dimension. Forgiving Tom's slightly too precocious younger sister, there is very little here I could (or would want to) criticise.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrays Tom as a relatable everyman, his performance always on the mark. His comedic timing is spot on. Zooey Deschanel, on the other hand, is a delight - a real standout performer. Her eyes are incredible at saying volumes more than her mouth ever does, and at the same time, always leaving the audience wondering. She portrays Summer as a real mystery, always leaving us unsure as to what she's thinking, what she wants, what her true intentions are. As frustrating as she is refreshing, Summer is the woman that almost every guy has encountered, deftly representing the enigma that is the fairer sex.
The soundtrack of the movie deserves a particular mention, its tracks chosen so carefully as to compliment its scenes perfectly. The music always serves to enhance the tone of the film, moving swiftly from The Smiths to The Temper Trap to Hall & Oates without ever feeling out of place. The soundtrack CD is really worth picking up, too.
As Marc Webb's feature directorial debut, this film is really something special. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next. It takes a story as old as time and spins it into something completely fresh. It's delightfully quirky, quietly thoughtful and completely relatable. Its two lead characters both see the world differently, and the film never attempts to push you to one side, instead encouraging you to make up your own mind. The film even goes so far as to dip its toe into some deeper territory, such as the meanings of fate and love, without ever feeling preachy or in over its head.
500 Days of Summer is easily my favourite film of the last year. Its solid box office takings are encouraging, too: this is the kind of comedy that we could do with more of. It's executed with such flair and heart that I don't think I could ever grow tired of it. It won't likely have you roaring with laughter, but it's always authentically funny and genuinely sweet. A truly rare feat: this is a rom-com for both guys and girls. See it. I defy you to reach the end of its 90-something-minute running time without wearing a smile stretching from ear to ear.
(500) Days of SummerGrant Morrison
I liked (500) Days of Summer. That's not entirely true. I liked (500) Days of Summer apart from its nonchalant ending. So that's about 398 Days of Summer I actually liked. But what is it? Well, (500) Days of Summer is a charming and quirky 'romantic comedy drama' starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, from 3rd Rock from the Sun fame. Actor by day, Heath lookalike at night. And Zooey Deschanel, actress/singer/fan of the letter 'o'. The story revolves around the two actors and their acting counterparts - Tom Hansen and Summer Finn. It focuses on the romance, the comedy and the drama that follows from their chance encounter one day at work. Told in a fairly unconventional manner, the story jumps chronologically throughout, keeping things fresh and interesting. However, although these eccentricities may set it apart from other romantic comedies they also appear to be the films biggest criticism. For many, the film was too quirky, too idiosyncratic, too kooky. I disagree. Being asked to watch a revolving ceiling fixture that is supposed to 'dance' to songs from The Cure is quirky, idiosyncratic and kooky. (500) Days of Summer does actually possess some lure, and I certainly know which one I would prefer to watch.
Although told in an unconventional way, they story is nothing radical and it is probably for the best that it was told out of order. With one scene being juxtaposed against another, or one drama being juxtaposed against another adds an air of vigour to the film which is always appreciated. The two central performances are also very strong indeed. I haven't seen too much of either of the two leads. But whenever I have managed to catch a glimpse of them I have been impressed. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was fine in 10 Things I Hate About You, stand-out in Brick and great in (500) Days of Summer. Ms. Deschannel follows a similar suit. Fine in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, fantastic in Almost Famous and great in (500) Days of Summer. Add her talent together with an unbelievable amount of beauty and Zooey Deschanel will be someone to definitely keep an eye on throughout her career.
The word 'great' keeps reoccurring and it's perhaps the best suited word for the film. (500) Days of Summer is not an exceptional piece of cinema, but I don't think it ever set out to be that. It set out to be an enjoyable, great piece of cinema and it very much lives up to that mantra. With a petit runtime of an hour and a half, it isn't an endurance test to sit through. A trap a number of films seem to fall into more and more these days. Comparisons have been made with Annie Hall, High Fidelity and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Although I don't think (500) Days of Summer is better than any of the films named, I have no doubt that it is worth a bit of your time. It ranks favourable in my favourite films of 2009 list, sitting alongside such films as Star Trek and District 9. Don't quite know what that says about me really? Geek with a heart?....Maybe
(500) Days of Summerplumbvoicedfox@hotmail.co.uk
This film is brilliant, yes it's a rom-com but it's no typical rom-com as the narrator states at the start of the film "this is not a love story, it's a story about love", it's a much more realistic interpretation of love and real life. It still brings in the laughs as good as any other comedy and brilliantly alternates between its moments of hilarity and its moments of seriousness. This is for anyone who likes rom-coms even remotely as it's not what anyone would expect from an average rom-com.
(500) Days of SummerDavid Colquhoun
Cutely pitched as "a story about love - not a love story", (500) Days of Summer is a breath of fresh air for anyone who likes their romantic comedies infused with hints of realism and touches caustic humour.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt a rough-hewn, unconventionally handsome lead actor really inhabits his character of Tom Hansen, while Zooey Deschanel, as Summer Finn, is magnetic, sexy and sincere. Deschanel's beauty intoxicates as she models a veritable plethora of beautiful dresses.
The film is shot cleanly and crisply and certain outdoor scenes in particular are the perfect advert for Los Angeles with its varied architecture and its nightlife. As the film shifts gears, at points focusing on Summer and Tom in happier times to instantly juxtapose this with darker days of their relationship we see that there is a level of depth here rarely seen in a romantic comedy. Marc Webb's careful and controlled direction is perfect, light and fluffy when required whilst also having the range to handle the darker side of proceedings.
The storyline is cerebral enough, and the comedy broad enough, to make sure that the film is never boring, or the narrative too thin, while it also makes sure that it never neglects to entertain. What's more, there's also enough depth here to ensure that the impact of the film doesn't evaporate on second viewing, indeed, this film can be enjoyed over and over.
Notably it steers clear of being judgemental or preaching to its audience and while it examines relationships at a deeper level than most romantic comedies it manages to remain funny and enjoyable.
Also, very pleasingly, the auxiliary characters are given enough layers of complexity to avoid the usual failing of romantic comedies of being inhabited by one-dimensional and unbelievable characters.
Deschanel and Gordon-Levitt manage to produce a chemistry between them that is palpable and they work hard to make their characters, and consequently the film as a whole, extremely charming and certainly worth your time.
(500) Days of SummerRoss Sayers
There appears to be somewhat of a snobbiness in the world of film towards romance. It's an idea which appears in 95% of movies, but when it takes centre stage it somehow becomes less worthy. Romance? It should be in the background while the characters are dealing with the important stuff. We don't want our characters to express their feelings; as long as they know it we're fine. Look, his wife's in the background as he fights to stop the world being overrun by a plague of giant, brain-eating alien worms. Now that's love.
There has been a lot of talk regarding whether (500) Days of Summer is a rom-com or not. It's a comedy where romance features a great deal and could easily be dismissed as a generic, feel-good summer vehicle held together with musical montages. But it's not. It's probably the freshest, funniest and most honest romantic film you'll see in years. So, it's an uncommon rom-com? No, that's a stupid name to give it. Let's move on.
When greeting card writer Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is dumped by the girl he considers to be his soul mate, Summer (Zooey Deschanel), he looks back over the time they spent together trying to determine where they went wrong and if she was really right for him.
Gordon-Levitt is unbelievably likeable. His character is such a hopeless romantic we can't help but root for him, even when we know from the outset that things don't work out. Every high and low he experiences, the audience experiences, leaving us desperate for Summer to just give us one more chance. Deschanel plays the hot and cold Summer brilliantly. She is exactly the kind of girl all the guys want while she doesn't even acknowledge them. The chemistry between the two is clear to see even when Summer herself doesn't.
The music in the film is almost a character in itself, and don't be surprised if you find yourself searching for the soundtrack on iTunes as soon as the film ends. One all-singing, all-dancing scene springs to mind as a highlight of many.
Not your typical romantic comedy, (500) Days of Summer gives a truthful depiction of love and all that comes with it. Marc Webb's directorial debut oozes more charm and style throughout than most films can dream of, while never getting in the way of brilliant storytelling.
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