But seriously, 500 Days of Summer is modern-day, hipster version of the Woody Allen classic.
So another in an increasingly long line of movies my boydudeperson is making me watch mildly against my will. It wasn't that I was against watching this movie, per se, I just wasn't terrible interested in it. Without even watching it I could tell that Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character Tom was a moody little lovelorn sad sack who gets his world rocked by the flighty, flaky and all around indie-tacular Summer, played by America's favorite goggle-eyed bobble-head, Zooey Deschanel. They dive headlong into a relationship that is quirky and full of love and then quirky and full of hate and then no more. She cannot be tied down, he cannot get over her. And the something or other happens, roll credits.
I was mostly right.
The movie follows Tom, a wishful architect but actual greeting card writer and his relationship with Summer, who in all honesty is just Zooey Deschanel playing Zooey Deschanel like she does in every movie she's in. I mean, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't but it's always this same free-spirited, slightly loopy quirky chick. Even in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy she managed to do this.
The robot is unimpressed with the fact that you collect Russian nesting dolls, drive a motor scooter and listen to Neutral Milk Hotel
But I'm getting off-topic. Anyway, the movie shows the 500 days of their quirky and awkward relationship out of order, switching smoothly between the puppy love phase and the "oh my god I hate you and will poop on your lawn" phase. It's an interesting angle, contrasting the early good times with the crushing bad ones. Also fun are Tom's friends but mostly Rachel, Tom's sister and general romantic counselor who coaches him through his relationship decisions...and is ten years old. Chloe Moretz, better known as Hitgirl plays Rachel and dammit, I love that kid. She's funny as hell. Is there anyway she and Hailee Stienfeld from True Grit can make a movie together? Hooray for child actors that don't suck.
What was I talking about?
Oh yeah. So everything plays out predictably enough and there are some pretty cute moments, Tom's post-sex victory dance among them:
And the cinematography is clever as well, there's a great side-by-side comparison scene of what Tom expects will happen at a party he goes to reconcile with Summer and what actually happens. So, I mean, it's not a bad movie by any means. It's just not original, not fresh and not very easy to get emotionally invested in. Tom's a weenie and Summer is a mixed-signal-sending pain in the ass, quirkiness be damned.
So yeah, in the end 500 Days of Summer is a clever, if predictable look at relationships and middle-class white twenty-somethings with problems. Sweet soundtrack though. Three Smiths out of five.
This is Sugary Cynic saying "I'd have dumped her ass by day 12" 'Night!
(First text in the movie)
"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"