500 Days of Summer (2009)

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama / Romance
Fox || PG13 - 95 minutes - $29.98 || December 22, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-12-31


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Marc Webb
Writer(s): Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber (written by)
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Matthew Gray Gubler, Clark Gregg


Theatrical Release Date: July 17, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Surround 2.0), French (Dolby Surround 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Iím normally the first person here at the website to showcase my utter distaste for ďemoĒ movies that are about love and heartbreak, but for some reason 500 Days of Summer didnít strike me as one. Instead, the movie is a funny, heartwarming, charming tale of love that caught me off guard. Oh, and it stars the beautiful Zooey Deschanel who one day I hope to marry an exact double of if thatís possible. I can dream, canít I?

Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) works at a greeting card company making holiday and special occasion cards, where his life is completely meaningless until he meets the girl of his dreams, Summer (Zooey Deschanel). The two take some time to get to know one another until one night after a drunken karaoke sing-off they finally click and begin seeing each other. The problem is that the movie is told out of order, where you see the ending and then the start of how everything came to be. In the end that you are shown so graciously and depressingly enough, Summer and Tom are no longer together after the 200-odd days.

Despite his best efforts, the two have problems even though they try their best not too. Summer right off the bat tells him she doesnít want anything serious but Tom refuses to listen to her. Instead, they hang out constantly and what would seem like a couple clearly isnít to her is to him. Tom constantly seeks advice from his little sister Rachel (Chloe Moretz), who, being only ten, gives him the best advice possible: to just go after her. He does so, but that only creates more problems for the non-relationship the two lovebirds are put into. Is it possible the couple is doomed from the start, or is it fate that they should be together in the end of the Summer season?

I absolutely adored this movie, and thatís something that I never thought I would say when writing up a film review. There are many jokes throughout the film, including the best one at the opening of the film with a few lines of text that I wonít spoil. The rest of the jokes throughout the movie hit perfectly, as major props to the script writers must be given for this monumental affair. The lines spoken by the cast are also beyond perfect, as Tom, Summer, and the rest of the supporting cast are absolutely perfect in their roles and lines spoken.

Rachel is hysterical throughout the film, even though she is only given a few minutes of screen time. Levitt and Deschanel give their best performance that Iíve ever seen the two in, and both have certainly come a long way since their earlier days in movies. Finally, I can say this with confidence, that Zooey has surpassed her sister in terms of star power due to this film. Normally right here is where I would include a ďbutĒ and talk about why the film has some sort of flaw in it, or why I couldnít get into it. I canít this time though, as I loved every minute of this flick and never looked back. Thereís honestly nothing bad I can say about this movie, which if youíve ever read any of my reviews in the past, is an incredible feat especially for me. I rarely like a movie so much (especially if it has zero action) to give it a rave review, and a perfect one at that, so hopefully that has some bearing with you.

In fact, as Iím typing this up, Iím watching it again a second time. Thatís just how good this movie is, and how much of a recommendation this is to buy it. This isnít that crappy Garden State that was completely emo from a few years ago, or any other film that got more praise than it should have. Instead, this is one of the years most underrated and under seen film by the masses out there.

I hope that this film solidifies the underrated stars that are Deschanel and Levitt, and opens up more films to the two in the future.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary by Marc Webb, Michael Weber, Scott Neustadter, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt: By far one of the best commentaries Iíve listened to in a while, as the director, both writers, and lead actor all contribute equally and also provide some humor at the same time for those listening. They talk about literally everything involved with the movie, including the script, some behind-the-scenes action, and also the story itself. I strongly urge you to listen to this track if you get the time, as I did and enjoyed it thoroughly.

Deleted and Extended Scenes (14 minutes): There are only a handful of deleted and extended scenes here, and in all honesty these are worth watching. They add some story and a little bit of humor to the movie, so I whole-heartedly recommend a viewing of these when you get some free time.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

This is a spectacular looking-film, despite the fact that itís somewhat of an indie flick what a limited budget. Colors are bright and colorful but not to the extent of where they are overblown. Flesh tones are also perfect-looking for the most part, although a few times throughout the movie I did notice a few scenes that were lacking detail in that area. Speaking of detail, I noticed a few scenes that also were detail-absent in terms of colors but they were far between and only happened occasionally. Contrast was done appropriately throughout the whole flick and only a handful of times did I notice some noise and grain on the screen. This is a great transfer, minus the lack of detail in a few scenes.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is incredibly low on the dialogue, but despite that itís still a great track. Surround sound is practically non-existent though, so donít go expecting anything coming from the surround speakers as though the movie has absolutely zero special effects or action sequences in it. Dialogue itself, as I previously said, is low and I struggled to hear it at times. That being said though, it does have some power to the levels when I could hear the dialogue and for that reason this track is more than satisfactory. All of the sound though comes from the center speaker as a word of warning to those without one. For all two of you reading this that donít have one, enjoy one heck of a track to a dialogue-heavy movie.



.::OVERALL::.

500 Days of Summer is just one of those films that you must see in your lifetime. Itís nowhere near the emoness that was Garden State or any other trivial movies that were in the past, instead itís in a category which far outweighs all other films this year. If you havenít seen the flick yet, then by all means go out and purchase this one. Summer may be gone, but there are still many days left to add this one to your collection.