Shades Of Words

(500) Days of Summer


Note: We are back from our long hiatus – a lot has happened in the past 3-4 weeks. We have relocated to a new continent and are now residing in the state of Missouri, USA. How long we are going to be here – well really don’t know :).

The only thing that I love about transcontinental flights is movies on my personal screen.The 14 hour flight from Qatar to Washington was made so much shorter by the four movies that I watched on it. The only one that stuck in  my mind 500 Days of Summer(5DS).

5DS is certainly an unexpected ‘almost a love story’.This post-modernistic look at relationships is grounded in reality. The premise is simple – boy meets girl, boy falls in love and the girl..well she does love him..but not so much. Yes, thats 21st century for you.

Tom ( Joseph Gordon-Levitt) , works in a greeting card company, believes in soulmates and true love.Summer, who joins as a temp,is soon the object of everyone’s attention. Tom is clearly smitten and luckily finds his interest reciprocated.The movie continues in a non-linear fashion showing snippets of their relationships in different times – as it grows and as it falls apart. One part that I did not like was a lack of reason on why their relationship falls apart. Summer has always been clear that she does not want to fall for a serious relationship , but you see are getting involved over time. But she pulls away abruptly – she clearly has not found what she was looking for. But why?

The story is as narrated by Tom. Marc webb uses these interesting color tones in direction that make everything look so vintage. Or maybe its just the costume design.The cinematography is very pleasing. The soundtrack fits well with the movie.

The movie is bitter-sweet and very contemporary in its outlook.

I thought the acting was brilliant.Joseph Gordon-Levitt is very cute and very believable as the ever optimistic lover. Zooey Deschanel convincingly pulls a free-spirited, honest performance.

I would recommend this for atleast a one time watch.


Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

6 thoughts on “(500) Days of Summer

  1. I hope you enjoy your time in Missouri. It sounds very exciting to me as I love the USA. I hope you’ll post about some of your experiences.

    • Hi Cath! Yes I am looking forward to my stay here – its going to be an interesting and exciting experience. I will definitely share photos with you and also notes on my travels ( of which I plan to do a lot!)

  2. Wonderful! Look forward to that. 🙂

  3. Sounds interesting but it kind of falls into the age old genre of romantic comedies or atleast that’s what I think the genre is.

    On my flight to LA though I slept for most of the duration 🙂 but did watch 2 interesting movies.

    And I see Mark Tully in your list. Where did u get it from?

  4. Zoya – Mark Tully was what kapil was reading when we left India. The movie is interesting coz it is kinda of different from the typical ends that we have in the romantic comedies. you must watch it if u can.

  5. I’ve put it on our Netflix list 🙂 thank you!
    You are a good traveler Vipula, 14 hours sounds longggggg!

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