Monday, January 25, 2010

(500) Days of Summer

Tom Hansen hasn’t had many relationships and really never thought he’d truly fall for someone. Unfortunately for him, he does fall for Summer and man did he fall hard. The reason I say this is unfortunate is because Summer never really falls for him. So, in the end, he only gets to be part of a chunk of Summer’s life. 500 days, that’s all he got. You, the viewer, know this from the very beginning. This isn’t a fairy tale where the two figure it out and live happily ever after. So, now that it’s over, Tom spends some time really reflecting on what happened and why things turned out the way they did and the viewer is simply along for the ride.
Since this movie is largely comprised of memories there’s a certain non-linear progression of the story. He remembers in bits and pieces, some of which go together, some don’t. He also remembers some things one way and then another later, so you end up watching the same scene again and yet, this time, it’s a totally different scene. He hates her, he loves her, he cherishes her, he regrets ever meeting her.
I thought this movie was very enjoyable to watch and I liked the director Marc Webb’s approach to telling the story. I also thought it was a great, authentic flick for people who are dating and not settled down with a single partner. It felt true to the oft complex and tumultuous task of finding the ‘one’ for you. The only thing I didn’t really like about the movie was it did dwell way too long on Tom moping around and being depressed. It just wasn’t that necessary. But overall, I liked it and enjoyed watching it.


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