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500 Days of Summer

May 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Director: Marc Webb
Writer: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend
Reviewed by: Klash

When a young gift card writer named Tom is introduced to his bosses assistant Summer Finn it’s as though the woman of his dreams has walked into his life. But when what started out as a good thing begins to unravel due to differing views of their relationship, Tom soon realizes that he may have lost Summer for good. So when Tom attempts to devise a plan to win her back so begins the recollection of the 500 days of Summer.

This is an entertaining film that imaginably most people could relate to in one way or another when dealing with the various situations that arise in relationships. The plot is very well written and uses many flashback sequences to reveal how the characters came into their current situations, and how they choose to handle them. The two main actors, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel work well together to create a story that is believable and more realistic than many other films in this genre. Surprisingly I enjoyed this film more than I would have expected considering it’s not something I would normally view.

Rating: Two guys

500 Days of Summer

500 Days of Summer

Director: Marc Webb
Writer: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffery Arend
Reviewed by: Scotty

I had yet to see this movie until this week but have been told this movie was really good; so I went into it with high expectations.  The problem with high expectations is reality is all too different, sometimes.

The plot is pretty basic; 2 twenty somethings meet, they start dating, one is more interested in the other and soon the relationship dissipates with one person being very unhappy.  Although basic, it is real.

Tom( Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer(Zooey Deschanel) have what seems to be a perfectly good relationship but as time passes Tom wants more than what Summer desires at this time and soon the relationship begins to erode, to Tom’s dismayThe break-up destroys Tom and he just swims in his own pity

Most of us  go through life having been on the giving or receiving end of these types of relationships, or both.  They both suckThese relationships are often the building blocks of the relationship that lasts but at the time it feels like death and this movie walks you through familiar territory.

This movie was touching and smart without overblown sensationalism,  I felt connected to the characters and found myself thinking back to my past relationships and how they led me to where I am today.  I have been Tom before and I have lost my Summer, or two

My expectations and reality were pretty close and I give this movie 2 guys.


500 Days of Summer

May 8, 2011 Leave a comment

500 Days of Summer

Director: Marc Webb
Writer: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffery Arend
Reviewed by: Griff

Full disclosure here, I saw this movie previously. I am the one who picked the movie and I did it because I wanted to see what the other guys thought of it. I really enjoyed this film and I think it’s one of the best examples from the genre I have seen in a past few years.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Tom and 20 something employee at a greeting card company. He meets Summer, (Zooey Deschanel) when she starts working at the company and falls for her right away.

The two begin dating and the rest of the movie explains how the relationship falls apart over the next 500 days. It uses a series of flash forwards and flash backs like the television show Lost to give us glimpses into how things went from good to breakup.

Both the main actors are excellent in this one and performances are top notch all the way around. Director Marc Webb was mostly known for doing music videos before this film and he brings a lot of the techniques with him to this film. The flashback/forward editing and some really clever scenes including a dance sequence set to Hall and Oates make this movie an entertaining watch.

Unless you married your High School sweatheart I think just about everyone will be able to relate to this story of a relationship that has gone bad. This is more of a movie about coming to grips with a failed relationship and finding  a way to move on then it a love story.

This movie gets a strong recommendation from me. Three guys all the way.