Movie Review: 500 Days of Summer


My Rating: 4Stars

This afternoon I saw the movie 500 Days of Summer at UA Cinema, Times Square, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Another one of the movies from my Must See Movies list.

The movie starts off telling the audience it is not a movie about romance, which further emphasis it as being a movie about love, romance and relationships.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the past was very active in TV series like 3rd Rock from the Sun, and won awards for his performances. He took time off to attend Columbia University which resulted in his absence from the motion picture industry. This movie is the first leading role in a Hollywood blockbuster since his return from Columbia University. Here Gordon-Levitt is partnered with Zooey Deschanel, who makes a perfect couple, both delivering a believable performance of a relationship that is sometime hot and sometime cold. Something many relationships will go through, hence easy for the audiences to relate.

The supporting casts in this movie were well chosen. With Geoffrey Arend playing Gordon-Levitt’s friend from work, Chloe Moretz playing the much much younger worldly sister, and Matthew Gray Gubler the best friend from Elementary school. All in all the casts, wardrobe and soundtrack gave this movie a homy feel.

Speaking of the music, although the soundtracks are good, for me they did not appear to be the kind of music these two young characters will be into at their age. You can listen to the soundtrack yourself on iTunes to decide for yourself. Having said that, the music is the reason that this movie gain an extra penguin in my rating.

The other was the way in which the relationship story was told. It moved back and forth among the 500 days from the first moment Gordon-Levitt’s character met Deschanel’s character; skipping forward several days at a time. If the audiences are not paying attention they may loose track of where in the timeline the story is at.

If you have a very secure relationship I would suggest you watch this well made story of relationship. Otherwise, this may not be a movie for you, but if you watch it you may learn something about your own relationships in the past and why you may not have one.

Rating Legend:
5Stars Not to be missed
4Stars Wait for the DVD
3Stars Buy from iTunes Store
2Stars Rent it on iTunes
1Stars Waste your time elsewhere

2 Replies to “Movie Review: 500 Days of Summer”

  1. Such a coincidence that went this afternoon to watch the movie in the same location like you. It was quite entertaining and as you mentioned the music match good with the movie, some parts seemed a bit slow but with good sense of humor and laughs. A good way to enjoy the rainy sunday afternoon of today 🙂

  2. Glad you like the movie and particularly happy that you share your opinions here.BTW: it was Saturday that I watched the movie, but my system published the post on Sunday. Sorry for the confusion

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