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(500) Days of Summer [Blu-ray] [Blu-ray]
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You may have noticed that when you listen to a story you immediately tend to identify with the lead character. Here though, the writer cleverly flips and reverses the male female duality, so that we experience a shift and a split in perception, she is the one with walls, the realist, neat and organised, emotionally unavailable, he is the one seeking relationship, looking to break those walls and make an emotional connection, the romantic fantasist discussing the relationship with friends. She focuses on the present. He focuses on the future. If you're like me, thefurther you get into the movie the more you may notice yourself looking at relationships in new ways.
If you're into personality types: He is feeling and intuiting. She is thinking and sensing.
What I love most about this movie, is not just the acting, not just the directing, not just the storytelling, but its fresh, inventive, unabashedly non linear non formula Indie beating Hollywood's formula way, giving us scenes, emotions and insights that linger long after the credits roll.
500 Days is full of memorable scenes: the morning after scene, when you feel like high fiving the world, the Ikea scene, The French movie metaphor scene, when the robot cries, the split screen expectations reality sequence.
The story unfolds in a non linear fashion, dipping in different days at random, with a recurring skyline motif the connecting thread between scenes. This time distortion technique somehow makes sense, partly because this is how we remember relationships.Read more ›
Tom and Summer (she's a person, not a season) meet at work. Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl keeps boy at arm's length. Boy and girl must work through their differences and find out if they are meant to be.
The casting of this movie was spot on. I wasn't initially sure if Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be any good in this movie. I guess that I had images of his "3rd Rock From the Sun" character stuck in my head. He was spot-on as a 20-something in love. And Zooey Deschanel was fabulous, but she's been fabulous in everything that I've seen her in so far.
The movie doesn't follow your typical time frame, and by that I mean it doesn't start at the beginning and work its way through to the end. We may see a scene from Day 3 one minute, and then a scene from Day 241 the next. It is done so effectively and so clearly that not for one minute will you be shaking your head and wondering what in the world is going on.
The ending wasn't at all what I expected, and I loved that. This is a must-watch movie, romance fan or not!
The movie immediately grabbed my attention during the opening credits which contain the following message:
AUTHOR'S NOTE: The following is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to any persons living or dead is purely coincidental.
Especially you Jenny Beckman.
Yes, (500) Days of Summer is deliberately quirky. It tells the story of the relationship between Tom Hansen (Gordon-Levitt) and Summer Finn (Deschanel). Because the majority of the events have already happened, the story is told in a series of flashbacks from Tom's viewpoint. To muddle things further, it jumps around at random, using title cards to show which of the 500 days of the relationship is being remembered. This has the effect of keeping us off balance; one moment we are sharing Tom's hope that he will end up with Summer, and then we see the relationship already established and about to fall apart. If it had been told in a strictly linear fashion, it wouldn't have worked so well.
Other storytelling devices involve the use of a sarcastic narrator, a split screen showing Tom's expectations and the reality, and his discussions with his sister, Rachel (Moretz), who is about 11 years old. I particularly liked Rachel's character. Although she's just 11, she makes a lot more sense than her older brother.Read more ›
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A romantic movie that touches on the trials of finding the one you love. Enjoyed the actors and the story line.Published 2 months ago by John
Great movie awesome people in it. I specially like the way that the plot is presented. Deschanel and Gordon-Levitt make a nice duo.Published on Oct. 19 2013 by Justin C.
Si vous avez déjà connu une peine d'amour (ou pas),
si vous n'avez pas peur de voyager dans un film
comme on voyage dans notre tête. Read more
Cute movie to watch. my child has watched it numerous times now and really enjoyed it. I would reccomend it to others also.Published on Jan. 14 2013 by Skippy