Written June 27, 2009
Recently, I had attended the advance press preview of this CUTE quirky skillfully-directed 1.5hr romantic-comedy.
Summer - the event we associate with the bounty and ripening of love - is the name of a commitment-phobia young woman with whom Tom was totally smitten/infatuated --- but when he gets inexplicably suddenly dumped, he took to reflecting the 500 days of his 'encounters' with Summer - hence, the title of the movie.
(Keep in mind that Autumn always follows Summer.)
The dizzying flash-backs AND forth could prove disorienting for some but overall - the script is easy to follow.
Both Joseph Gordon-Levitt(Tom) and Zooey Deschanel(Summer) has good on-screen chemistry.
Joseph was perfectly cast in his role. VERY GOOD performance!
Overall, the entire cast performed admirably.
The cinematography was BEAUTIFUL. Some scenes were so gorgeous.
Overall, production values are above-average.
Recommended for hopeless romantics.
Actual GRADE: Solid B
Written August 19, 2009
Or so they say in the beginning of the film. That's not true. It is a love story. It just doesn't go the traditional route. I actually really enjoyed watching 500 Days. Joseph Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel are very talented actors who pull this movie off almost entirely by themselves. The supporting cast is alright and they provide an occassionally needed distraction.
Now I need to warn you, this is an art-house film. The director has his own "vision" and the film moves slowly. There is no real climax or intense drama, so if you need a fast-paced, intense plot to keep you interested, stay away from this one. This movie depends on the audience becoming truly involved and being patient.
It is also inappropriate for kids under the age of 13. A teen might be bored.
There is quite a bit of language and some sexual situations and sexual innuendos. No unnecessary graphic sex scenes, which my husband and I appreciated.
Kudos to Zooey and Joseph for a job well done!
Written August 19, 2009
i think it was a really, really done movie with lots of creative tidbits in it. The only thing that really got to me though was that it was a true-to-life film. The imagery switches back and forth from the imaginary to the real, but at the end of the day, its message is very real and sad.
I really enjoyed the movie. Just dont expect a love story with a hollywood ending.
Written September 05, 2009
This is by far the best movie I've seen in a long time. I've been happy about seeing it for days now, still humming the soundtrack. This movie was funny, sweet, surprising, hilarious, and just the best thing I've seen in a long time.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is AMAZINGLY appealing in this movie. I knew that Zoey Deschanel was appealing -- my husband has always thought she was cute -- but Gordon-Levitt was a really nice surprise. His performance makes me forget that he was ever a child star (on Third Rock from the Sun). He could have a very nice future ahead of him as a romantic comedy lead at the very least, and any kind of movie at best.
The movie's use of music is wonderful -- and the one dance scene, extremely clever. The shots of Los Angeles are amazing -- I don't know HOW they found places in Los Angeles that make you think of charming areas of Boston or New York. Run, don't walk, to see this movie. If you have a heart at all, you won't regret it.
Written September 11, 2009
One of the best movies I've seen all summer! I was blown away by the director's clever way of filming select scenes and was all-around impressed by the quality of the film. It was funny, heart-felt, insightful, complex and just a good movie to watch if you're feeling lonely or confused about relationships. Anyone at any age will like this movie (except kids).