500 Days of Summer
Boy meets Girl—Boy falls in love—Girl doesn’t. What else can you say about a postmodern love story? Not only is this delightfully surprising dissection of a romance structured so that it catches us continually off guard, but the classic tale of love unrequited is turned as topsy-turvy as a Shakespearian farce. The typical premise of the love story—that we want what we can’t have—is fueled by a role reversal (it’s the woman who doesn’t want to commit) and energized by dance numbers, split screens, and two dynamic performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. That Tom, a hapless greeting-card copywriter, and the alluring Summer, his temporary office mate, fluctuate between the highs and lows of infatuation, dating, sex, and separation is the conventional aspect of an unconventional tale of self-discovery and relationships.
500 Days of Summer doesn’t refer to a very long summer vacation, it refers to the relationship that goes on for about a year and a half with two young people, one who is named Summer, who is Zooey Deschanel, who is a wonderful actress in this. She is quite charming. Her boyfriend is played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The two of them make an adorable couple and it actually does work as a treatise on real relationships as opposed to romance novels. They really do seem to have a huge amount of chemistry and the fact that the relationship doesn’t quite work is very anti-Hollywood, but a very charming movie and very thought provoking. Four stars.