“Do you ever do this, you think back on all the times you’ve had with someone and you just replay it in your head over and over again and you look for those first signs of trouble?”
– Tom Hansen
Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is an optimist and a believer in true love. He dreamed of becoming an architect and instead ended up working in a greeting card company in Los Angeles as a writer. His life is changed when he meets Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel). For him it is love at first site. She is gorgeous and funny and smart. She is his dream girl. Tom starts obsessing over Summer, and eventually manages to strike up a conversation with her. After a pleasant night out at karaoke, Tom’s friend and co-worker McKenzie (Geoffrey Arend) let’s Summer in on how much Tom likes her. Summer tells Tom that she is not looking for a relationship and thinks true love is ridiculous.
However, Summer kisses Tom at work one day, and soon they start to see more of each other, though they aren’t labelling it anything as of yet. Tom falls madly in love with Summer, and the two seem to get along fantastically. Tom seems to be walking on water, and his life seems like a movie. However, after seeing each other for a while, Tom gets into a bar fight with a guy hitting on Summer, and they fight. Their relationship seems broken, and Tom accuses Summer of all sorts of things, among them that she cannot call them friends and still kiss him and sleep with him. They patch things up, but as time moves on the cracks rip into their relationship. Eventually they break up after watching The Graduate, a film depicting what Tom sees as true love. He is devastated, and his life falls apart around his ears. Paul (Matthew Gray Gubler) and McKenzie call Rachel (Chloë Grace Moretz), Tom’s younger sister, to come and get his head back on straight. He is drinking, he is catatonic, and he is distraught.
Tom soon starts to try and put his life back together, but it seems useless without Summer. His work, which had flourished while he was with Summer, has become dark and depressing, and they have shifted him into the condolences department. Summer seems to be moving on. At a mutual wedding they attend, Summer and Tom spend some time together, and everything is great. She invites him to a party at her home, and Tom is sure that they will fix up everything that was wrong in their past. Filled with hope and anticipation, he arrives at her apartment and finds that his expectations vs reality were two totally different ideas. His quiet little evening with her really is a party, and his dreams of a reconciliation are shattered when he realises he is actually attending her engagement party. He is crushed and leaves immediately, and his life slips into further decay when he goes as far as to quit his job.
Was this entire journey what Tom needed to find himself? Will he get a job in architecture now that he is not messing around with the silly writing at a firm he was not destined to be at? Does Tom still believe in true love, or has Summer tainted that for him forever? Will Summer get married to her unknown man, or will she return to Tom? What will happen now that the two of them seem to be moving on different trajectories? Will Tom flounder of flourish now that he is loveless and jobless?
An 8/10 for (500) Days of Summer. This movie was so cute and fun but not overbearingly so. Zooey Deschanel truly is absolutely gorgeous and was thus very well suited for her role. I enjoyed Matthew Gray Gubler, he is always the awkward and funny one and he certainly didn’t disappoint here. This movie really managed to get parts or a breakup down right and did it in a hilarious way, as well as how awesome everything is when things are going well. The little dance scene was excellent when Tom was on his way to work. His enthusiasm was palpable. The chemistry between Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel was just what the movie needed, and truly sold the concept. I really, really enjoyed this movie, and what I like is how just about everyone else I have met that has seen it (men and women alike), admits that it is worth looking into. Plenty of my fellow bloggers who are male enjoyed it too, so as a guy you won’t feel ashamed about watching it, and seeing as it isn’t soppy, you may very well appreciate it. I felt this was a lot more fresh and realistic than your average romantic flick, and had the good times and the bad times involved. I really loved how it was shot, and that it was nonlinear narrative, it gave something new and fresh to the film, and it was nice to jump between the good and the bad, the funny and the sad. It had a solid cast that carried everything that was going on, and I thought Mark Webb worked wonders with this.