Friday, August 7, 2009

(500) Days of Summer

Movie name: (500) Days of Summer
Year of release: 2009
Director: Marc Webb
Stars: Joseph Gordon Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Chloe Moretz, Matthew Gray Gubler, Clark Gregg, Patricia Belcher
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7

Synopsis:(500) Days of Summer is Marc Webb's first feature film, following his work for several different pop bands and artists. The film follows the story of Tom Hansen and Summer Finn, two characters with very different approaches towards love and relationships. Tom believes there's a person out there for everyone, someone that balances everything in your life, someone that adds something to it, whereas Summer is more disillusioned and wants to have "friends" instead of relationships. When they get together, Tom falls hard for Summer, believing her to be the one, whereas Summer is more guarded and doesn't hold any expectations about what is happening. During the 500 days of their relationship, we watch all the paths that a story between two people can take. Marc Webb's first feature is simple in it's premise, but the way the director narrates the story makes it interesting, captivating and engrossing. It also helps that he cast really two gifted actors, the always fantastic Joseph Gordon Levitt and the luminous Zooey Deschanel. Marc Webb is also stylistically interesting, mixing perfectly choreographed musical numbers, adding splashes of animation effects, that give the story the feeling of the joy of love and the sorrow of loss. Some of the usual cliches of the romantic love stories are there, but the main characters are well developed and everything is filmed with such charm that make this a film to be discovered!