Director: Marc Webb
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Tom), Zooey Deschanel (Summer), Chloe Moretz (Rachel), Geoffrey Arend (McKenzie), Matthew Gray Grubler (Paul)
“This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story. “
Does true love really exist? Or love at first sight? Or something called destiny? Tom works after he failed at being an architect for a business concern which produces greeting carts. There he meets Summer, the new assistant of his boss. Immediately he is interested in her and on the karaoke night they get to know better…
Since Tom has met Summer he is sure that she is the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with. She also likes him, but doesn’t believe in true love, neither she wants a relationship. Soon they become friends with benefits while there’s always the conflict of Tom wanting her to be his girlfriend and her just wanting to have fun, not a boyfriend. Obviously Tom is not alone with his problems, he always talks about them with his two best friends, McKenzie and Paul, and his adolescent sister Rachel.
The movie shows the 500 days they’re together, from Day 1, where they get to know each other and Day 500, where Tom finally finds closure and his life goes on without Summer. In my opinion it’s a very interesting way of showing their history, it’s not always chronological what makes it also confusing for a while but also more interesting until you understand what happened. Sometimes there’s also a comparison between reality and what Tom would have liked it to be, which is really well done in my opinion.
I really like the plot although it’s kind of sad that you know directly that there is no happy ending for Tom and Summer’s relationship. Normally I love happy endings but this way it’s a lot more like real life and not so utopian. The actors are well-chosen, the dialogues are funny although sometimes also serious and I really like the fact that Tom always asks his little sister for advice while he’s an adult and she’s not.
All in all I like this movie because it’s not just one of these “run to the mill” movies with a superficial plot, but a movie that makes you think a little bit about things like love and destiny.
– Written by Jana Alice –