“500 Days of Summer” movie review

September 15, 2009

SheSaid reader Julia Teen reviews the new cute love flick “500 Days of Summer” and finds it says a lot more about relationships than she thought!

Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn’t.

Is it just me or are there more male angst movies coming out of late? It is in this category that we can now add 500 Days of Summer into.

Directed by Marc Webb, 500 Days makes fun of the typical romcom from the outset and follows this topsy-turvy layout all the way through the film. It’s lead character Tom Hanson (adorable Joseph Gordon-Levitt from 3rd Rock from the sun) and Summer Finn (Almost famous’ Zooey Deschanel) embark on a post-modern romance which sees Tom’s character fall head over heels in love with Summer who happily obliges him with her company, however doesn’t return his affections. What could be a very depressing look into the ‘sensitive male’ psyche is nicely offset by some quirky humour and a great cast.

It’s interesting to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt gracing or screens again, albeit in a character a little too reminiscent of his previous “10 Things I Hate About You” endeavour. However Zooey Deschanel shines as the modern, individualistic woman that we females could all learn a thing or two from about running a relationship our way.

Happily, this movie is one that caters for all of your audiences. Take your friends for a surge in feminist power, take your boyfriend to remind him that you and the rest of the female population wear the pants, or take your mum, and listen to her ponderings on the way home about how different relationships of today really are.

A little confusing at times as the scenes jump between the different periods of Tom and Summer’s relationship, however particularly memorable scenes such as Tom’s Austin Powers-esque dance after his triumph in seducing Summer, make this film fun viewing. “500 Days of Summer” is out this Thursday 17 September, 2009.

SheSaid says: 3 stars out of 5

Watch the trailer here!

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