500 Days of Summer, written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
9 out of 10
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500 Days of Summer is a very entertaining film.
Notwithstanding the sad moments, it is a refreshing, enjoyable comedy.
It was nominated for two major Golden Globes, Best Motion Picture and Best Performance by an Actor…
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is indeed marvelous as the loving, creative, loyal, subdued, patient and resilient Tom.
I have noted on another film with this remarkable actor, wherein he had to portray a totally different personality:
in Don Jon, the protagonist is a superficial, rather uneducated man, with an obsession for pornography, even when he is blessed with as beautiful a companion as Scarlet Johansson, who is granted an overbearing, quite obnoxious girlfriend at times.
With this film, I have learned that the excellent and beautiful actress in the leading role, Zooey Deschanel is named after a J.D. Salinger story:
- Franny & Zooey
Zooey Deschanel has a challenging task in her role as Summer- for the 500 days of Summer mean the time spent with the heroine of the film.
Summer is both the lovely girl that we enjoy seeing with the hero, sharing his feelings and the one who ends it…
I do not think a spoiler alert was needed before talking of the end, for it is clearly stated in the title which specifies:
- 500 Days of Summer…only, even if at first I thought this is about a particularly long summer, perhaps in a place where there is no other season…
The dialogue in this moving picture is wonderful.
Funny at times, witty for the most part and even when it is somewhat awkward, it still feels natural in some manner.
Like when Summer Finn starts shouting penis in the park where she sits with Tom, who tries hard to stop her…
Or when they have this exchange:
- “Summer: We've been like Sid and Nancy for months now.
- Tom: Summer, Sid stabbed Nancy, seven times with a kitchen knife, I mean we have some disagreements but I hardly think I'm Sid Vicious.
- Summer: No, I'm Sid.
- Tom: Oh, so I'm Nancy...”
The professional side of Tom’s life may have had some influence, perhaps a big one on Summer’s decision to leave.
Even if trained as an architect and in love with beautiful buildings that he admires at Angela’s Plaza, tom works in a company that sells…cards.
He is using self-deprecating humor about it and is evidently a real positive hero, with his generosity, love for Summer, gentle manner, persistence and acceptance of the other’s flaws and shortcomings, grit, but still this is one side of him that is less than heroic:
- “I guess I just figured, why make something disposable like a building when you can make something that lasts forever, like a greeting card.”
The film is sophisticated, smart, with references and images from The Graduate (by the way, I am reminded of a humorous take on the final scene of this classic, offered in Barcelona, where one character, maybe Frank, is very upset with “oh Elaine, Elaine” and how everybody allows this jerk- as he sees the personage- to run off with the bride), The Seventh Seal, Henry Miller, Bruce Springsteen and many more.
- “Tom: [the girl at the job interview agrees to meet Tom for coffee afterward] We'll figure it out. My name's Tom.
- Girl at Interview: [Last lines of the film] Nice to meet you. [Shakes his hand]
- Girl at Interview: I'm Autumn.”
Perhaps every cloud does have a silver lining after all…