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Sunday, July 19, 2009

500 Days of Summer

Once in awhile you see a movie that makes you wish to hell you'd written it yourself. 500 DAYS OF SUMMER, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is one such film. It epitomizes "the same but different." Very different. It's all in the execution. The film doesn't say much about love that is new, particularly. Or about relationships, exactly. It's not the what - it's the how. What I loved about the movie is that it is clever but not self-consciously so - in other words, it's not another hipster semi-bored nod to love and friends and shit. I can say with confidence that 500 DAYS is the most fun I've had seeing a movie in some time. The Hall & Oates sequence is worth the price of admission. If you've seen it, you just smiled at the memory of that sequence - you know what I'm talking about. Great writing, direction, art direction, performances and above all - a simple story with complex characters. This is the kind of movie that reminds me why I love movies. If you get a chance and it's playing near you, Wavers, please do get out to support the film. Look at what a long way great writing can go to elevate a relationship and a heartbreak into something universal, funny and artfully told. This is not regular writing - this is super writing. This is what we all strive for.

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Chaia Milstein said...

Also, Zoey Deschanel's wardrobe is TO DIE FOR.

Trina0623 said...

That's great to hear. I heard a podcast with the writers and they talked about how hard it was to get made because of its unusual structure. After reading your comments, I really want to see it!