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(500) Days of Summer (2009)
Solid take on love in the real world
Right about 5 minutes into the movie and you are already acquainted to the personalities of both the protagonists - Tom and Summer played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel respectively and the plot of how Tom who was just dumped by Summer feels so naturally inclined to get her back since it his belief that she is the one. And as a viewer you can't help wonder if this going to be another romantic comedy which winds up the way most do, with an happy ending, where boy finally proves to the girl beyond every reasonable doubt that he and she are meant for each other.
But nope that doesn't quite happen. And neither does it end in tragic manner either. What happens however is a story of how love pans out in the real world. A story, as the narrator would have you know right in the beginning, of love and yet not a love story. The real plot here being of the many topsy-turvy stages of love Tom encounters in his relationship with Summer over the course of 500 days. What is really ironic about this movie is that even though it portrays love in all its delight and desperation it still manages to be a feel good movie.
The story which mainly focuses on the perspective of Tom who is head over heels for his dream girl would probably be a disappointment for viewers looking for lots of laugh, as the humor comes in at pace where you can't actually remember when was the last time the movie made u so much as to smile at its comedy. It was essentially a light drama and an even much lighter comedy.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's performance of Tom was masterclass as he really managed to morph himself into the character seamlessly. Zooey's performance on the other hand seemed to have been a leaf taken out from the book of her acting credential in New Girl. I have to say though that i wasn't really impressed with the supporting casts but who can be excused on the count that their acting time is pretty limited. Not mention, the movie's artistic displays ( from the cinematography to the editing) has been a real pleasure to watch. In short I'd say that I definitely recommend this a watch.