Friday, August 7, 2009

(500) Days of Summer (Rhoades)

To Every Thing There Is a “Summer”
Reviewed by Shirrel Rhoades

Ever loved somebody who didn’t love you back? I mean rather than a your fantasy about a movie star or celeb. Sure you have.
So does Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in “(500) Days of Summer,” the quirky new romance that’s playing at the Tropic Cinema.

In this hot little indie film, Tom meets the girl of his dreams, the new secretary at the greeting card company where he works. Her name is Summer (yes, the title refers to a girl, not the season). And Tom is smitten. He babbles to his friends about her, he manufactures excuses to see her, he can’t think about anything else.

At an office party, he gets a little drunk and has a philosophical exchange with Summer (Zooey Deschanel) about love. He argues that love is real; she says not.

You’d think that would have been a hint.

Tom spends 500 days in an awkward love affair with Summer. But don’t pull out your calendar. The story isn’t told in chronological order.

So will this relationship work out? Don’t bet on it.

And as for their argument over whether love is real … well, sometimes both sides find they’re wrong about that.

Back in my single days I found the best remedy for heartbreak was finding a new girlfriend. There’s always a new season. As the Book of Ecclesiastes says, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven … a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance ….”

You can be sure that Autumn follows Summer.

[from Solares Hill]

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