If you're like me, you don't just watch any romantic comedy. Personally, I only watched this one because it had both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. It proves to be much more of a dark comedy than I think it intends to be, but watching it again definitely made me realize I'm a lot older than I was when this came out. Both characters are incredibly selfish and want their own things, and force each other's worldview on each other in passive, sometimes aggressive ways. Despite all of this, Joe and Zooey really make this movie a delight to watch.
The director Marc Webb is fortunate to have such a good cast in this film, because I don't feel it would have worked without them. However, I do think some if not most of the movie is tailored to the styles of both leading actors. They state in Special Features that they've worked with each other in the past and are good friends. It makes sense considering both of their personalities, but also shows in the chemistry that they have on-screen. What I didn't care for this second-time around was the way that both have a dark side.
Tom is very pessimistic, and seems to at times lack common sense. One scene in particular that stood out to me is when they are in IKEA, and he is the first to play pretend house with the furniture. It really goes to show his sensibilities when it comes to relationships, and he's projecting this reality on Zooey. Zooey throughout the film challenges Tom's willpower, which I found extremely more frustrating than charming on this viewing. She asks a lot of questions and pushes Tom to see how far he will go, almost knowing that he's falling in love with her despite her wishes.
Something about this annoyed me, but I think it's due to watching this film at an age where you're looking back at yourself in this. It's not current, or how you see relationships even now 10 years later. So what I found appreciation for is the phenomenal soundtrack, which is unsurprising considering the director's music video history, as well as the main two cast members. Clark Gregg also has a small role as the boss of the greeting card company that Tom works for, and has a few pretty funny scenes. The non-linear way in which the story is told makes it a unique romantic comedy that works in a lot of ways, despite maybe seeing the worst in the characters.
It's a testament to the acting ability of both and their chemistry, and maybe the second viewing is supposed to feel more chaotic. The Summer Effect was in full force after her yearbook stated that she painted her life with chaos, so it's fitting that their 500 day fling was chaotic at least. It's a charming movie about two young people who fall in love in their own ideal ways and learn more about themselves than each other in the process. I also enjoyed the theory that Summer was not actually present in the park during the last scene, and it was a mental moment for Tom like the parade scene.
Throughout the Special Features and commentary, one of the two writers loves to differentiate himself from the group by having absurd opinions. Some of the moments featured from throughout the film are from his alleged life, and he has very personal ties to them. So much so, that he insists certain assumptions are true throughout the movie because he cannot separate his life from the film. It comes to a head a few times in the commentary to a point in which all involved argue about the intentions of the scene. It's kind of funny to listen to, but somewhat not surprising that I was seeing the same in the character Tom throughout the film. Despite all of that, (500) Days of Summer is a great romantic comedy that I'd recommend to any fans of the two main stars, as well as folks who enjoy unique takes on overdone genres like the rom-com.
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