Monday, February 08, 2010

500 Days of Summer...

Hi friends

One movie from the "Romantic Comedy" genre that I happened to see in the recent days is "500 Days of Summer". It's another independent production (like Paranormal Activity) that was picked up by a major production house and went on become an acclaimed hit. 

What separates this movie from the rest of the movies in this genre is that a) It is focused entirely from the guy's perspective b) It is a non-linear narrative and c) It is not a love story in any sense.

Brief Summary: Tom and Summer are office colleagues. Tom likes Summer and thinks she is the one. But Summer does not believe in love and she chose to be just friends. However, she opens up to him more than she ever did with any other man, thereby confusing Tom. He is not sure of what this relationship is all about and where it is headed. Summer does not understand why Tom is behaving like he was because she had already set the tone for the relationship as being just friends. They break up, and he finds out that she is getting married to another man, whom she happened to meet in a coffee shop. He later decides to move on with his life, and manages to get past Summer towards Autumn. 

What made this movie enjoyable is that it shows Tom in a situation most guys would relate themselves with (me not being one of them), and would make guys realize what actually goes wrong in such cases. Tom was blinded by love, and he did not know that, rather he kept ignoring that. Summer liked Tom, but could not handle that suffocation. If they make a movie called "500 Days of Tom", I am sure things could be put in a much better perspective. 

Anyways, I recommend this movie and give it a rating of 8.5/10 for it's fresh perspective towards love and romance. See it if you want to see a well-paced comedy, with a dose of comedy sprinkled over it. Don't expect it to enlighten you, just enjoy the show! It is not Oscar material for sure, but it certainly deserves to be in the top-250 list in IMDB

Ciao for now.


Anonymous said...

Hey thanks for the review!!
Will surely watch it some time soon!

IIM ka Sarkari Babu said...

Please do...

MADHU RAO | (INDImag.COM) said...

Nice review. Just watched it the other day and liked it. It was fresh and nice. Deschanel was apt for the role, but Levitt was a revelation. It was not an out an out gooey V-Day flick and that made it interesting.

We are doing a chick-flick festival(10 movies) (lost a bet with wife ; so no Pacino festival for now !)

1. The Proposal - So Bollywood ! Hated it

2. All About Steve - Hated it.Pure un-adulterated crap

3. Julie & Julia - Very Good

IIM ka Sarkari Babu said...

@MR: Well, I happen to admire Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, hence found the movie good enough :)will not see "All About Steve" as I already received 3 negative ratings for it. Will download Julie and Julia when I reach office...

Well, I wish you had won the bet :)