I went to see the indie movie du jour, (500) Days of Summer the weekend it came out. I was really excited to see it, I thought it looked so good from the preview. I first saw the preview went I went and saw Away We Go.
First off, my friend and I showed up about a half hour early and had to sit in the third row! The movie was totally packed. But that might have more to do with the fact that it was only playing at one theatre in the entire city.
I thought the movie was rather remarkable. It does a great job of mixing reality and fantasy together. The synopsis is this, Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a greeting card writer when Summer (Zooey Deschanel) starts working at the same company as the assistant to his boss. The movie does not go in time order, it jumps around the 500 days the couple knows each other. So the audience is shown the end of the movie and then it goes back to the beginning.
Levitt plays Tom well, he is a lost aspiring architect who believes in soul mates. While, Summer tells Tom up front that she does not want a serious relationship. We see Tom struggle with this throughout the film as he tries to convince Summer that he is the one for her.
The movie is realistic and fantastical all at the same time. One of my favorite parts is a musical montage scene right after Tom and Summer spend their first night together. It’s very funny and well done, and in no way seems cheesy or out of place.
Another great scene is where the screen is split up and the audience gets to see one scene from two different angles, what Tom expects to happen, or the expectations side, and what actually happens, or the reality side.
The acting is spot on and the story is sweet, realistic, out there and yet grounded in reality. There is not necessarily a happy ending, but then again from the beginning, the audience is warned that this is not a love story.
If you want to see something that is not run of the mill this summer, this is your movie. Go see it!