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Movie Review: (500) Days of Summer December 23, 2009

Posted by shwaldman in Society.
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NetFlix Synopsis: When his girlfriend, Summer (Zooey Deschanel), unceremoniously dumps him, greeting-card copywriter and hopeless romantic Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) begins sifting through the year-plus worth of days they spent together, looking for clues to what went awry. As he recalls the good and bad times he spent with the commitment-phobic girl, his heart reawakens to what it cherishes most. Marc Webb directs this uncommon love story.

This is one of those films where the presentation of it jumping around made it confusing. They tried to smooth the transitions between scenes from throughout the timeline by indicating the day (thus the film’s title), but to me that only showed they production staff knew the layout was not working. It made the film work with it’s title, but that is not as important.

Zooey Deschanel was adorable and really stole the show here. Her back and forth and inability to connect with her partner did get repetitive. And I suppose the layout of the film kept it from being a big problem, but it did keep the audience from getting to know the male character, Tom, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. And despite the jumpiness, the movie felt one-sided and it was not until the last few scenes that the film felt like it might get well-rounded. And then it ended… this is one movie, where a well-done sequel might actually work, although I doubt it would happen.

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