500 Days of Summer
Director: Marc Webb
Screenwriters: Scott Neustadter
The freshness of Marc Webbâ€™s love-me/love-me-not story is epitomized by its perfectly framed tag linesâ€¦Boy meets Girlâ€”Boy falls in loveâ€”Girl doesnâ€™t. What else can you say about a postmodern love story? Not only is this delightfully surprising dissection of a romance structured so that it catches us continually off guard, but the classic tale of love unrequited is turned as topsy-turvy as a Shakespearian farce.
Directed with verve, pace, and confidence by first-time filmmaker Webb and replete with Los Angeles settings that are distinctive and interesting, 500 Days of Summer never descends into ordinary romance. The typical premise of the love storyâ€”that we want what we canâ€™t haveâ€”is fueled by a role reversal (itâ€™s the woman who doesnâ€™t want to commit) and energized by dance numbers, split screens, and two dynamic performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.
That Tom, a hapless greeting-card copywriter, and the alluring Summer, his temporary office mate, fluctuate between the highs and lows of infatuation, dating, sex, and separation is the conventional aspect of an unconventional tale of self-discovery and relationships. For a new generation of storytellers, 500 Days of Summer is destined to be a template for the future of romantic inspiration.
- Dramatic Feature
- 2012, Sundance Institute Summer Film Series
- U.S.A., 95 min.