Academy Award Winner for Best Film Editing: Alan Edward Bell. You heard it here first.
"(500) Days of Summer" is not a romantic comedy. It's actually quite the opposite. It's about a relationship, but it's not all the good. It shows the bad, the complicated, the ups the downs. Its what makes this movie feel real and fresh, and is officially one of my favorite films of the year so far.
The film follows Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) a boy who believes in true love, and that he will never be truly happy until he finds it. He meets Summer (Zooey Deschanel) a free spirit who doesn't believe in love. 500 days is the length of Tom's infatuation with Summer, but we don't see it in order. We jump around their unofficial relationship, we see how they met, how they fight, the good cutesy times, and ultimately it's end. The jumping around never gets confusing, and the split screen technique that the film occasionally uses helps. Split screen is a hard thing to capture. It can either turn out artsy (2:37, a fabulous Aussie Indie is a great example) or it can be overkill (The Tracey Fragments, good film..hard to watch) The editing in this film is great. The performances are fresh, and the soundtrack is awesome.
Joseph Gordon Levitt is by far one of my all time favorite actors. He deserves all the crucial acclaim he's gotten. This man is fantastic in this film, just as he is in others. (Mysterious Skin, Brick, Manic, Lookout). Zooey Dechanel is fantastic as always. These two starred together in 'Manic' when they were teens, and it's great to see how they've grown as actors and how they play off each other so well in this film. They have wonderful chemistry. If these two actors do not have Oscars in the next few years I will riot. Their fabulous. I definitely recommend this film. Its not your every day "boy meets girl" story. It's got a great indie vibe, and a good story to tell. My only complaint would be the slightly cheese last sentence uttered in the film.
Recommended: Yes. 5/5 stars. :)
Memorable Quote: "All we do is fight." "oh that's bullshit!" - Summer and Tom (Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon Levitt)