Excerpt: In every way, Marc Webb's (500) Days of Summer is conceived to be the ultimate mix CD. It's so specifically tailored that it will make certain audience members think "It's like this movie was made for me!" (even if Fox Searchlight hopes that enough moviegoers respond to it to effectively disprove that argument) and it skips around in its romantic chronology so much that it resembles a nonlinear reshuffling of carefully labored-over track numbers.
Excerpt: Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) writes greeting cards and believes his life will never be complete until he meets the one, the woman of his dreams. Summer (Zooey Daschanel) is a new secretary in Tom’s office and doesn’t believe in love, let alone destiny based relationships. Of course, Tom falls head over heels for Summer, even after she warns him that she has no interest in a normal partnership. As time passes however, the two grow quite close and the bond begins to form.
Excerpt: The Film As I've already covered in my Blu-ray review of Repo! - the track record of films with exclamation points in the title is firmly established. However, parentheses is an entirely different animal and there's very little evidence to fall back on. The recent horror sensation [REC] does come to mind, but even there we're dealing with brackets, not parentheses.
Conclusion: '500 Days of Summer' is original, spunky, and has one of the most perfect Han Solo references ever put on film. There's no contest as to why this is my personal favorite for the year. It bursts onto the screen with an intoxicating creativity that will be hard for first-time director Marc Webb to ever top. The video presentation on this Blu-ray is stunningly clear and nicely rendered throughout, while the audio presentation leaves a little to be desired.
Excerpt: This is a story of boy meets girl, begins the wry, probing narrator of "500 Days Of Summer", and with that the film takes off at breakneck speed into a year-and-a-half of one young man's no-holds-barred love affair. Tom, the boy, still believes, even in this cynical modern world, in the the notion of transforming, cosmically destined, lightning-strikes-once kind of love. Summer, the girl, doesn't. Not at all.
Summary: At least, so claims (500) Days of Summer 's narrator, who is actually throwing us a big old red herring. What he really means is that this is not a love story in the traditional rom-com vein, where love surmounts all manner of wacky conflicts and misunderstandings and where the complexities of real-life relationships are buried under a heap of sugary sentiments.
Excerpt: 500 Days of Summer was written in the midst of a breakup, and it shows. For all the warm, generous, very funny things that it is, the movie is also a cry of pain from a guy who just can't figure out why the girl of his dreams dumped him. That it is a guy's romantic comedy is unique and part of its charms, but it also makes 500 Days of Summer puzzling, an entry into the romance genre that makes the female the blank, prepossessed, infuriating one.
Summary: While sporting dual-frame shots, stylized production design, a jumbled timeline and occasional voice-overs, it's the subtle acting and direction that save this this enjoyable romantic comedy from hipster reflexivity.
Excerpt: In its brightest moments, (500) Days Of Summer delves honestly and insightfully into the mysteries of love and romantic chemistry, and how elusive a connection can be. At its worst, the film is like 27 Dresses for indie types who prefer The Smiths to Bryan Adams; it isn’t much different than the cutesy rom-coms Hollywood traffics into theaters every other week.