Friday, August 13, 2010


Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel

"Boy meet Girl. Boy falls in Love.
Girl Doesn't."

We are warned early on in this film that this is not a love story. Fair enough but I figure it can still qualify as a romantic comedy in an unconventional way.

This is the story of Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who falls head over heels for Summer (Zooey Deschanel), a young woman who doesn't believe in true love. We are presented to the different facets of their relationship in a non chronological time frame. Each scene is preceded by a beautiful artwork depicting the day in the 500 days that Summer was in Tom's life. As the film progresses along, we begin to feel invested in their lives as the characters are quite endearing. Both individually and as a couple on the throes of a new and fresh romance, we find ourselves rooting wholeheartedly for them.

I was really impressed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s performance in “Inception” and in this film he is an equally likable chap. Not overtly handsome yet charming in an innocent, boyish way. His characterization of Tom was sympathetic and naive. In fact, I’d say it is quite a reversal of gender personification. Usually it is the female who is the hopeless romantic, the one who pines for true love and the one who wants to immediately label a relationship.

On the other hand, Zooey Deschanel as Summer had a vacant look pasted on her face throughout the entire movie. But in this case, it was befitting of a complex character who was insouciant, indifferent and carefree yet strangely enough she also believed in coincidences and chance encounters.

The film was peppered with a good blend of songs which really help boost the cutesy factor. Tom writes greeting cards for a living that in itself is the cutest thing ever. Bouyed by a wry narration reminiscent of “Amelie”, it is a quirky story of an off beat romance about love and heartbreaks and everything else in between. So it will surely pull at your heartstrings.

The narrator said: "Most days of the year are unremarkable. They begin and they end with no lasting memory made in between. Most days have no impact on the course of a life." I couldn't agree more!

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