Any resemblance to any person living or dead is purely coincidental.
Especially you, Jenny Beckman.
(500) Days of Summer is an outstanding movie. In fact, it is probably the best romance movie I can recall having seen.* Novaseeker wrote a solid review a while ago, but even he didn’t capture the utterly transcendent level of psychic pain the movie communicates. As the narrator explains over the opening credits,
There were two things that Summer liked about herself. The first was her long, brown hair.
The second was how she could cut it off.
And feel nothing.
. . . . .
This is the story of Boy Meets Girl. But you should know up front that it is NOT a love story.
The movie keeps a light-hearted tone, but its non-linear storytelling means that it never lets you forget the heartbreak that Tom Hansen, the protagonist, is in for. The buildup of his and Summer’s relationship is therefore all the more poignant, because we even here have the suffering before us.
The movie features an excellent soundtrack. Also noteworthy is the set design: the story is set in the present day, but with a combination of lighting, decor, and costume the viewer is somehow transported to an earlier, undefined era; it could be the twenties, it could be the seventies, but it doesn’t feel like 2009. The acting is solid throughout, especially from Zooey Deschanel’s Summer, in whose deep blue eyes we can see the empty void where a soul should be.