I am not sure if people averse to romantic-comedies
would fall for this film but anyone who has ever been in a relationship would
understand the beauty behind ‘(500) Days of Summer’.
Love is not simple and love stories don't always end with
the train chase or race to the airport. This sad truth about life is of course
the one thing that filmmakers try to avoid on the big screen because it brings
us crashing back to reality.
‘(500) Days of Summer’, takes a deep
look into just this reality. It takes you back, and relives each moment of a
relationship from the highest of the highs to the lowest of the lows. The
beautiful mornings when you wake up next to the person you think is meant for
you to the dreadful seconds, where you wake up alone, the only thing dragging
you out of the bed being your pay check.
The film tells the story of a young man, Tom Hansen (Joseph
Gordon-Levitt) who works as a writer in a greeting card company and falls for
the new joinee, Summer (Zooey Deschanel). The story is about as the title
suggests 500 days of Summer. And since there are a finite number of days
associated with the relationship it is also obvious that it ends.
As the audience you see the relationship at various stages,
from the first kiss to the first talk about commitment to the first cracks.
While Tom is a compete romantic who believes in everything from love to soul
mates, Summer is the other side of the spectrum who is scared of anything
binding at all. As you look at them, sharing their first real
conversation, spending a day in Bed, Bath and Beyond or just hanging out in the
park, they look perfect for each other. They are lovely to look at and yet you know
that there would be a time that all this would come to an end. The anticipation
lies in knowing what happens after the break-up. The ultimate romantic would
wait for the make-up kiss and the rest like me wait for the reasons of the
break-up. Does someone cheat? Is someone married? No. In Summer’s own words,
they weren’t just meant to be. You see Summer moving on in life and even
getting married and you feel Tom’s pain when she tells him that she believes in
love after meeting her husband. Yet, Tom moves on. As do most of us.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel give winning
performances as Tom and Summer. Looking at them together makes imagining them
with other people difficult. The chemistry is fresh and crackling and keeps you
hooked. The story is presented in a new format which mixes present and past
together letting the audience experience and empathize with Tom's
condition throughout the film. And full points to the director Marc
Webb for telling a love story with honesty without making it boring to
This film is about the real shit in life. How the mundane
everyday life pulls out problems and forces you to rethink your entire life. It
doesn’t end at the airport or with a wedding proposal but then what the hell?
It’s better to have loved and lost than never have loved at all.