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.