Review: 500 Days of Summer (4/5)

What happens when a dreamy hopeless romantic (Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Tom) falls in love with a cynic (Zooey Deschanel as Summer)? You know from the very start that this is built for failure. But like Tom, we hope and pray that Summer will finally be swept over her feet by true love.

500 Days of Summer dramatizes Tom’s ‘friendship’ with the commitment-averse Summer. Well, they’re not really a couple but they kiss, hold hands, and even have shower sex. But Summer doesn’t want to put any label to what they have. In short, it’s complicated! And Tom is left with a bleeding heart and crushed optimism.

Although the narrator warned us beforehand that 500 Days of Summer is not a love story, nothing can prepare us for Summer’s parting shot – those heartbreaking eight words she uttered at the park. That she just woke up one morning and she just knew… You have to watch the film for that part, ‘cause I’m not spoiling it for you.

500 Days of Summer is a light and inventive romantic comedy that will please everyone except those whose heart is made of steel.


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