(500) Days Of Summer (2009)
This is an American comedy film with a twist that I was attracted to. Although the genre of (500) Days Of Summer could be a romantic comedy, seemingly it is preferred that this is described as an “anti-romantic” comedy. This starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who many years earlier appeared in the sitcom 3rd Rock From The Sun, although he definitely isn’t an alien here (as far as I know).
But what really attracted me to this one was that the co-star was Zooey Deschanel. This is someone who often puts in performances that could be described as “quirky” (and that is a compliment as far as I’m concerned). But after discovering that I liked her style, along with this one, I bought a few other films that she has starred in, although some of them (like The Happening) aren’t comedies.
I think that I have to say that this is my favourite of the films that I have of hers, and it meant that I was rather pleased when she went on to star in the sitcom New Girl, putting her comic talents to good use there. But back to this film, this is not a two-hander as such, but there are few main cast members beyond the main pair. The idea is that Tom is a greeting cards writer, who is looking for a woman.
He then meets Summer, who he dates for 500 days (which is just about a year and a half). We then go backwards and forwards in time to see how they got on together on various days, and the stages of being a couple in general, everybody will have their highs and their lows of course (although I can’t really imagine that anybody in a relationship with Zooey could ever possibly find themselves to be unhappy).
So I definitely did like this one, you just never know what fate has in store for you really. I think that (500) Days Of Summer has also been shown on TV a few times, and overall the critics were rather fond of all this. Words like “original” and “funny” were thrown around, along with many others too probably. The soundtrack is rather nice too. DVD extras include a look at even more days.