I watched this movie not quite knowing if I would like it- I'm a chick-lit book kind of girl but don't gravitate towards romances in the movie department. "(500) Days of Summer" is far more than your typical romance.
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!