Reel Shorts | (500) Days of Summer

17 07 2009

In a summer of big-budget blockbusters, it is the small independent films that are dominating with fantastic cinematic quality. Colorado Springs Gazette guest critic, Brandon Fibbs takes a look at the latest example, the sensational atypical romance story, “(500) Days of Summer.”

Once in a while a film so wonderful comes along that you want to race up the highest building you can find and bellow its greatness from the rooftops, to wake all your friends in the middle of the night just to tell them how wonderful it is. “(500) Days of Summer” is that film.

“This is a story of boy meets girl,” says the sardonic, omniscient narrator in the film’s opening sequence. “But you should know up front, this is not a love story.” While “(500) Days of Summer” is romantic and certainly very funny, it could more accurately be titled a romantic tragedy, a bittersweet tale of love found and love lost. There are plenty of films charting the ebb and flow of relationships until the moment at which love conquers all. But what about the other, perhaps even larger group of lovers, who begin with the best of intentions yet still end up with going their separate ways? “(500) Days” is their story.

Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) believes in true love, the sort of cosmic romance found only in fairy tales that draws two unique souls across time and space to one another. This makes him the perfect copywriter for a greeting card company, even though he feels his true calling is architecture. His co-worker and girl-next-door extraordinaire Summer (Zooey Deschanel) also believes in destiny — that all relationships are destined to end in shattered hearts and broken dreams. Tom not only believes in “the one,” he believes that one is Summer, and his idealistic optimism sidesteps Summer’s cynicism, seeing it as nothing more than just another metaphorical dragon to be slain by fate. He promptly falls in love, both with the beautiful, droll, clever woman Summer is and the ideal she represents, despite the fact that she warns him on the outset that she is not looking for anything serious. In Tom’s defense, don’t we all say that?

To read the rest of the “(500) Days of Summer” review, click here.




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