(500) Days Of Summer is a 2009 anti rom-com starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zoey Deschanel. The story follows the somewhat dysfunctional and tragic relationship of Tom and summer (Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel) and the 500 days it lasts.
The acting and casting in this film are brilliant, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is superb, it is easily one of his standout performances. Deschanel also gives a stellar performance throughout. The writing however, was the real highlight for me. The film is very well structurally in particular, it isn’t self explanatory and doesn’t unnecessarily explain things as not to treat the audience like idiots. The overall climax of the film is unconventional (to an extent) in regards to the way it plays out between Tom and Summer. Throughout the film we are shown different views of love, how you can force looking for love and sometimes it just appears when you least expect it. Perhaps destiny and fate does exist?
This film is often described as more of a coming of age film than a romantic comedy. Whilst it does display many features of a romantic comedy, it doesn’t play out like one. It’s a coming of age film because it shows significant development in our two central characters and how they adapt and evolve around their situation. In particular I believe we see Summer really mature by the end of the film and to an extent Tom does too, as they change their beliefs and come to realise that life isn’t always what you expect.
I was also particularly impressed by the supporting cast here, Clark Gregg and Chloe Grace Moretz standing out in this department. The soundtrack is brilliantly pieced together, with the likes of Indie legends, The Smiths, 80’s Icons, Hall and Oates and many more! In many ways, this film could be regarded as a new and different way to tell a tale as old as time… boy meets girl.
Words by Jack Horsley.