Movie: (500) Days of Summer
Release Date: August 7, 2009
Director: Marc Webb
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel.
Tag Lines: “Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn’t.”
“This is not a love story. This is a story about love.”
“It was almost like falling in love.”
Relevance: Have you ever walked into a theater or sat down at home to watch a movie with knowing very little about it? No trailer, no reviews, no recommendations from friends or family, just the title and maybe an actor or two? Because of that lack of knowledge, your expectations of said movie are usually set quite low. That was my experience with ‘(500) Days of Summer.’
I watched the movie in the comfort of my home late January 2010 after it was released on DVD via Netflix. At the time, all I knew was the title, one of the actors and that it was mentioned twice at the 67th Golden Globe Awards a few days earlier. There it had been nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. So of course I had to watch it, but I still wasn’t expecting too much as it didn’t win any Golden Globe and it also wasn’t generating any real Oscar buzz.
I knew right at the beginning of the movie that my low expectations for it were to be far exceeded when this simple text appeared on screen:
“AUTHOR’S NOTE: The following is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. Especially you Jenny Beckman. Bitch.”
I adored every single second of ‘(500) Days of Summer!’ It’s premise was the typical boy meets girl, boy loses girl story, but it managed to tell it in a clever, offbeat, honest and refreshing way. The screenplay and the cast telling the story were absolutely delightful and I fell head over heels in love with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. From the nonlinear storytelling, to the “narration,” to the Hall and Oates inspired musical number, to the last line of the film (“I’m Autumn.”), I was not only entertained but completely entranced.
‘(500) Days of Summer’ is an example of why I try to watch every single movie released whether good, bad or ugly. You just never know. You might find a special movie that touches your heart and becomes one of your favorites of all time.
Today’s Thoughts: Over the years since ‘(500) Days of Summer’ was released I have watched and re-watched the “You Make My Dreams Come True” scene countless times on YouTube. And it makes me smile every time. It is one of those scenes that when I am in a bad mood, whether angry, depressed or indifferent to the world, I watch it and my mood is immediately lightened, at least for those two plus minutes.
With that said, I haven’t seen the film in its entirety since watching it in 2010 until today. I am happy to report that my love for it has not faltered. It is such a charming film and despite its dark undertones for being a story about a “break up,” put me in the best mood after I finished watching it.
If you haven’t seen this movie, do yourself a favor and check it out. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Now excuse me while I go dance and sing to Hall and Oates.
Awards: Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical (nomination), Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (nomination), Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Comedy Movie (nomination), Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay, Original, Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber (nomination), Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay, Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber (winner), Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature (nomination), Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (nomination), Nation Board of Review Award for Top Ten Films (winner), National Board of Review Spotlight Award, Marc Webb (winner), Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay, Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber (nomination).
Ways to Watch: Youtube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes, DVD Availability.