(500) Days of Summer

(500) Days of Summer: follows a ‘complex’ relationship from the guys point of view. Everything about this was so indisputably ‘cool’ and left field – the characters, their dress sense, jobs, music tastes, soundtrack, visuals – that it wore thin very rapidly, pulling the film from quirky to cliched. Because the story’s not told chronologically, most of the good/funny bits are covered early, making the film peter out towards the end. The characters were all quite hollow, which led to some dubious acting; although it worked for Brick’s Noir style, Levitt was pulling some strange faces at times. It’s technically sound, very watchable and had some simple but effective scenes (expectations vs reality shot at the party). There’s a few funnies, although most are old jokes. And what sort of grown up takes genuine life advice from their pre-pubescent sister?! It’s a decent film about an everyday story that tries painfully hard to be much more than that. Too cool for school.

Score: 6.5/10

  1. mangold said:

    ha, “too cool for school.” love it. great review, pretty much nails everything that bothered me about this movie.


  2. Sorry, but I gotta disagree! Was one of my favorite films of the year. Love your passion for movies though. You probably watch as many as I do… is there anything better? Even the bad stuff is great… Tonight I have on tap: The Hurt Locker, Moon and Big Fan. Can’t wait. Keep up the good work!


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