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:: 500 Days Of Summer

Normally when a film is being promoted as an ‘anti-love’ film it means one of the characters can’t find love but when they do their ‘anti-love’ stance in forgotten and the audience finds themselves floating down the stream that is yet another stereotypical romantic film. By the end of the film they fully converted and are now in love with being… um well… in love. But that certainly isn’t the case with ‘500 Days Of Summer’. This film takes a different turn and is certainly more ‘Juno’ than ‘The Ugly Truth’.

Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a romantic at heart but the only place he gets to let his feelings out is in his daily job as a greeting card writer. Tom is always looking for ‘The One’ but he is unlucky in love. Then one day the free-spirited Summer (Zooey Deschanel) walks into his workplace and soon into his life. Tom is ecstatic, he things he has finally found is ‘One’. But as the two head further into their ‘relationship’ it soon becomes clear that this isn’t going to be your ‘normal’ romance.

Director, Marc Webb (who previously has been a director for music videos) does a great job giving the film an ‘indie’ or ‘different’ feel. The cynics out there will say the style may have been ‘borrowed’ largely from ‘Juno’, however I felt that the graphics that set up the mood of the romance in each scene works really well. Another great little creative touch is the writer’s note at the start of the film… you will definitely find yourself having a little chuckle at it… but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen the film yet. Webb has also chosen to tell the story in a round-about order so it does take a little bit of work for the audience to put it all together, but that is part of the charm of the film.

The most likable thing about ‘500 Days Of Summer’ though is that its lead roles have been cast extremely well. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel wouldn’t be most people’s first pick for the leads in a film like this but they pull it off really well. They suit their parts to a T, are a believable on-screen couple and an absolute joy to watch.

With its nice mixture of bitter irony and a touch of wit ‘500 Days Of Summer’ is one of those films that you can’t help but fall in love with. It is an enjoyable watch and well worth forking out your $15 to see.