Review: (500) Days of Summer

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Boy next door meets new girl at work and they fall in love (or do they?)

(500) Days of Summer (PG-13)

Director: Michael Webb

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel

Genre: Romantic Comedy (romcom)

Rating: ****

It is strange that filmmakers try to attack relationships from every obvious direction. Some like Woody Allen make up new directions to produce love on screen. Here is debutant Michael Webb trying a hand at producing romance on screen. And yes! He does a splendid job. He is accompanied by screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. But, what these men try to convey to the audience is beautifully portrayed by a charismatic Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a beautiful Zooey Deschanel.

One of the best romcoms I’ve ever seen. It is kept alive every minute either by the wacky insane jokes or the romantic dialogues or the brilliant soundtracks. Being an independent film, it has better scope of knocking off in the worldwide market as a funny and charming romcom. The title cards are a good addition to the film.

The story opens with a narration which introduces Tom Hansen and Summer Finn, who work in a greeting card company. Days later, their bonding gets stronger but there are no labels marked yet. Are they friends? Are they dating?  Or are they in love? These questions pester Tom who decides to ask her about it. The sense of romanticism can be easily extracted from the film for it brings a bridge between men and women.

Returning as yet another wild at heart chick is Zooey Deschanel, who fulfills all the requirements to make a beautiful actress. After playing a disappointing role in G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra, Joseph Gordon-Levitt hits back with a neatly knit role.

Perhaps, a toast to love and relationships, (500) Days of Summer will probably remain as the best film which talks about a boy’s reformation after breaking up. Watch it for the enchanting visuals, witty jokes and remarkable performances by the cast. Oscar nominations anyone?


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