This is the first of a short installment of blogs on one of my favorite kinds of movies: those offbeat gems with bittersweet endings. (500) Days of Summer was artful and interesting, the scheme of telling this doomed relationship in a nonlinear sequence of days continuously thrusting the audience forward.
Over the course of the movie, two major plot lines are revealed: the second act wherein our main character, Tom, wrestles with the end of what he incorrectly perceived to be the ideal relationship–and the first act wherein Tom falls in love with Summer. Without spoiling too much, I can say we are shown up front that Tom is a partially unreliable viewpoint through whom the disjointed events of the movie are filtered. Still, it’s easy to forget this as the viewer is swept up in the romance themselves, living the events as Tom remembers them–not as he lived them. Act three is something I’ll leave for you to find, but I had just enough time predict the outcome based on a twist in events that I was left satisfied. Tom gets the ending he needs–not the one he wants.
A quick aside–Joseph Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel have amazing chemistry on screen. But then again, that opinion may be the product of the fact that I wanted that romance to happen so much that I perceived amazing chemistry. 🙂
If you’re in the mood for a nonlinear narrative and some quirky fun, you’ll probably get a kick out of this movie.
Michelle Joyce Bond