(500) Days of Summer is a delightful break from the predictable, sap and cheese romcoms. It claims right in the beginning This is a story of a boy and a girl but it's not a love story, building up intrigue and anticipation of what lies ahead. And while it's very much a love story, it mightily lives up to the intrigue.
It doesn't walk the formulaic trail. The lead characters are real people like you and me, flawed yet beautiful, unpredictable yet lovable, dispiriting at times yet inspiring, in their own ways.
(500) Days of Summer narrates the story of Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer (Zooey Deschanel) in a non-linear fashion. It takes us back and forth recounting how their relationship develops and why it goes wonky despite everything falling perfectly, while changing Tom's view of life in the process. Their conversations flow effortlessly, their feelings unfeigned, emotions unwrought.
Joseph Gordon Levitt as depressive, unmotivated and a besotted lover hits all the right notes while Zooey perfectly fits the bill as the confused, honest and independent woman who balances verve and calmness with remarkable ease.
Films feed us fantasies and happily ever-afters all the time. Few bring out the complexities, the complications (behind the decisions we take), the reality of it all and in a light, entertaining way. This is as close to reality as it can get. Not to be missed!
Trivia: In order to package the film for use on airplanes, the actors had to ADR their lines during the “Penis Game” sequence. Because airlines won’t allow the use of the word “penis” in movies to be played in the cabin, the actors had to say “panda.”
Here are more interesting tidbits of information on the making of the film shared by director Marc Webb, writers Michael Weber, Scott Neustadter, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, you'll dig.