Saturday, August 8, 2009

(500) Days of Summer review

Oh, you guys. Go see (500) Days of Summer. It is fabulous. Costuming, music, acting, writing, directing, cinematography...all beautiful.

Some are describing it as a romantic comedy. That is misleading. It is funny--incredibly funny, from the first ten seconds--and it is about a romantic relationship. But it is not a romantic comedy. Sandra Bullock does not appear. There's no "running down the sidewalk to reunite" scene. It's less joke-y and more true humor. It's not clever as much as it's smart. There's no "But such-and-such was ridiculously unbelievable." There's hope, but maybe everything isn't tied up in a neat little package.

What's interesting is that you know from the beginning that it's about a relationship that doesn't work out. And yet it is engaging and interesting and touching. Perhaps because it rings so true. I mean, most of our relationships are failed ones, no? It's a game you lose every time but once.

Also, a dance sequence to Hall and Oates' "You Make My Dreams" is always a good time.

Bottom line: totally worth the $5.50 I spent; would have been worth full-price. Go see it!

2 comments:

  1. I have to agree. One because I like Zooey Deschanel and also because I like Joseph Gordon-Levitt. And it was a lot more real but not as gritty and the 'real' movies that are made.

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  2. Yes, exactly. "Real" and "gritty" aren't actually the same thing, despite what they tell you. Frankly, the most "gritty" thing about my life is bad watermelon.

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