(500) DAYS OF SUMMER
Review by: Christopher Haskell
“Just because she likes the same bizzaro crap you do doesn’t mean she’s your soul mate.”— Rachel Hansen (Chloë Grace Moretz)
A gripping relationship drama that tugs at your insides better than any before its time. Hands down, this film is art. You can both literally and figuratively see the brush strokes in this film. The editing is masterful, especially for a romantic comedy. Graphics and uniquely used film techniques help make the film goosebumps inflicting. The story of the script takes you places most films do not dare. You thrive with the couple and fall apart with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film cutting back and forth to different days of the relationship really help change up moods, from song & dance cut to sadness and emptiness. You feel by the end that this has actually happened to someone, and you feel worse for the wear. It oddly enough makes you feel like going through a tortuous break up just to see what it feels like.
The performances are spot-on. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of the best actors on the scene today; his range and down-to-earthness what drives his characters to become real. Zooey Deschanel is gorgeous and throw her in a cute summer dress, watch her toss around her dough eyes, and anyone is bound to fall in love with her just the same. The soundtrack to the film does nothing but complete the film and sends it to another level. With a mix between old indy like The Smiths and Hall & Oates, mixed with new age indy like Feist, Mumm-Ra, and Regina Spektor, the feel grabs you and makes you feel emotion regardless of what that feeling is. I love and hate this film because it emotionally rings your dry yet you have such a good time going through it. The film is real and I truly believe this has happened to either the director, writer, or someone close to one of them. Almost anyone should be able to relate to this film because it is real life and if not, the handful of other people wish they could experience it.
|August 7, 2009|
|Michael H. Weber|
|Alan Edward Bell|
|COMEDY | DRAMA | ROMANCE
(for sexual material and language)