(500) Days of Summer was the feel good movie of 2009. Bringing together Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the requisite couple, this film tackles the ever-present issue of boy meets girl, with a twist in which the boy falls in love but the girl doesn't.
The soundtrack was just like the movie - light and airy. It is perfect for driving around with the top down on a warm summer night. The soundtrack provided a good mix of oldies (from the always popular Hall and Oates) and new music (from the ever talented Regina Spektor). The mix also includes a track from She & Him, the She being Ms. Deschanel, star of the film.
Opening with "A Story of Boy Meets Girl", we meet Tom and Summer. We find out when they meet and goes on to explain that it is a story of a boy meeting a girl, but it is not a love story. We move into Regina Spektor's "Us", about making a statue of lovers and how the tourists come to gawk at it. It also tells how they will name a city after the lovers. From there, the soundtrack flows right along with the rest of movie, taking us through the meeting and eventual romance of Tom and Summer.
Overall, the album provides a good backing track to the film, keeping it simple. There is nothing overdone here - no rising crescendos, nothing that sticks out from the premise of the film. Everything flows nicely and keeps things moving, but not so quickly that you can't enjoy the music for what it is. There is even a foreign language track from Carla Bruni to give the music a little international flair.
This is one album that will be on repeat all summer long - the songs are catchy and easy to sing along to.
Full Track Listing:
1. A Story of Boy Meets Girl - Mychael Danna and Rob Simenson
2. Us - Regina Spektor
3. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths
4. Bad Kids - Black Lips
5. Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want - The Smiths
6. There Goes the Fear - Doves
7. You Make My Dreams - Hall and Oates
8. Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap
9. Quelqu'un m'a dit - Carla Bruni
10. Mushaboom - Feist
11. Hero - Regina Spektor
12. Bookends - Simon and Garfunkel
13. Vagabond - Wolfmother
14. She's Got You High - Mumm-Ra
15. Here Comes Your Man - Meaghan Smith
16. Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want - She & Him
17. Here Comes Your Man (Bonus Track) - Joseph Gordon-Levitt
18. Sugar Town (Bonus Track) - Zooey Deschanel
19. At Last (Bonus Track) - Kevin Michael