By dearmoviegoer on 8/28/2009
A conventional love story told in an imaginative unconventional way, (500) Days of Summer is an honest and insightful reworking of the romantic comedy formula. Told with a non-linear approach, the film tracks the birth and death of a relationship, from Day 1 to Day 500. What makes this film work so well is the subtle performances of the lead actors and the fact that their chemistry is quite palpable. Zooey Deschanel utilizes her endless charm to help define her character and makes Summer an engaging person full of sweetness and contradiction. But her counterpart, Tom, as played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is a revelation. This talented actor captures the sensitivity of a man deeply in love with a partner who has less love for him. It is a masterful performance. What also helps the film is the perceptive script which is bittersweet, funny, romantic, and genuinely touching. Marc Webb skillfully directs, allowing some surreal moments to shine while other moments seem a bit heavy-handed and self-conscious. From its clever opening credits to its closing line, from Tom and SummerÂ’s first kiss to their parting words, this film captivates and totally holds your interest. GRADE: A-
By KSolchouler on 7/29/2009
couldn't disagree with the review any more. My friends loved it, I loved it, it was awesome. This is so far my fav. summer movie. The soundtrack is completely awesome too.