Saturday, July 18, 2009

Must-See: (500) Days of Summer

I'm a sucker for romantic comedies. I'm also a sucker for Zooey Deschanel. "First of all, this is not a love story" warns the narrator. Oh. I'm also a sucker for narrators. Not in THAT way though.

So if this isn't a love story, what is it? Well, don't look at me. Okay, I'll try to explain. But seriously, I'm trying too hard already. I mean, I'm writing a blog post about it! Without spoiling the movie, I've found it much too difficult to write movie reviews. That's one of the biggest reasons this blog hasn't seen any love in a long time.

At one of my previous family reunions, the trivia fact my mother wrote for me was "Still searching for The One." What an embarrassing weekend that was. Anyway, Tom is searching for The One. He believes that once you find that person, everything will click. You just know, you know? Summer, an assistant at the office that Tom works, doesn't believe in that fairy tale. She believes in just having fun, and not getting attached, and living in the moment.

I really love how the movie jumps back and forth between different points in their relationship, and how he awkwardly courts her during the initial days. The narrator periodically makes comments about some historical fact for each character. I imagine myself in some of those awkward situations and likewise face-palm.

You see, I'm actually writing a serious review. That's how much I loved this movie. So go out and see it if you're into romantic comedies, romance, Zooey (Summer), or Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Tom). I hope I don't set your expectations too high.