Movie and Film Reviews (MFR) Comedy,Drama,Romance (500) Days of Summer (2009)

(500) Days of Summer (2009)

This is not a love story.

You are warned from the get-go to not expect a happy ending. Yet you may find yourself in the same position I did, hoping that things will work out for Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and our title character, Summer (Zooey Deschanel).

This film starts at the end of a relationship as Tom tries to retrace the steps and figure out what went wrong. We learn of Tom and Summer’s time together not in chronological order, but as his memories come to him. Tom is a young man working for a greeting card company who falls in love with co-worker Summer Finn. A spark ignites between them and Tom learns, she doesn’t believe in love. The relationship comes to an end, and most of the film deals with Tom trying to get Summer back.

Marc Webb does a stunning job of directing this film. It is truly impressive considering his previous work involved doing documentariers of pop musicians. There are many interesting camera and filming tricks used to keep you interested from an artistic point of view. Not only having excellent direction, the acting could not be better from the two stars of the film (the secondary characters may be a different story!) Both Joseph and Zooey have come along way in the industry, and I hope to see them take their careers even farther. Their on-screen chemistry is just enough to keep you in disbelief that Summer does not love Tom, and this feeling will leave you torn throughout the movie’s 95 minutes.

The deciding factor on how you will feel about this movie is the ending. The ending is cute. There is no denying this point. However, will the ending leave you satisfied? Will it win you over? Or will it send you home thinking, “That was so cheesy!” Only you can decide for yourself. As for me, this film kept me highly entertained.

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