BLACKPLUME

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(500) Days Of Summer

on January 7, 2010

I’m not a big fan of romantic-comedy film, its a bit cliché for me. But I can’t believe I missed seeing this film in cinema. Gladly I got the chance to finally watched it after it’s blu-ray release. It is one of those low budget film who makes a sleeper hit in-spite of a less promotions. It is really a rare film who has it’s unique way of telling a story. The story begins in telling how it will end, a big warning from the narrator saying “it is not a love story” will give viewers a fair idea of where it is going. But it did a great job keeping viewers like me interested and entertained in-spite of knowing a possible sad ending. The way it tell the story get me caught up in a delightful journey rather than the destination.

The story was told from Tom’s point of view which makes Joseph Gordon-Levitt the main view of the entire film. He has some kind of task to carry the whole movie, which I think is perfectly accomplished. Tom’s character is likeable and Gordon-Levitt portray it with much justice. He’s hopeless romantic and heartbreakingly good as Tom. Zooey Deschanel as Summer doesn’t require as much depth but she has a tough job in keeping Summer lovable despite her questionable actions within the central relationship, but overall the actress completes the task well. They are both charming and have a real chemistry that it feels that they should be together in the end of the film and any other result is just smacks of tragedy and misfortune.

(500) Days Of Summer explores new ways to tell the world’s oldest story into an honest and realistic experience. It utilizes non-traditional ways of story telling from the nonlinear narrative way of story telling, animation, representation like when they put the grieving Tom into foreign films, and perhaps most effectively, the split screen segment emphasizing the huge difference between Tom’s “expectations” and “reality”. The animation scene particularly the bird when Tom is dancing on the street because of so much happiness is a bit weird and funny for me at first but I still enjoy watching it. It’s one of those moments where weirdness works properly.

Overall the film is good and refreshing. It made a simple and most common story interesting to watch. For all its objections about not being a love story, (500) Days of Summer is still a story about love. Maybe not a traditional love story with typical happily-ever-after ending but it still convey the message of love, the love of Tom and Summer. Their different views about love is the whole point of the story. It promote the ideas of fate and soul-mates in a more realistic and somehow blindly optimistic ending.

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