Sunday, July 24, 2011

500 Days of Summer - It's not a love story; it's a story about love - by vanny

                         Woooooooo………..I just love watching romantic movies especially when it has something different to tell u and I just can’t help myself without sharing the movie with u all. 500 Days of Summer is a clever,  thoughtful, bittersweet offbeat Hollywood rom-com. Like other love stories Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) meets and instantly falls for Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel) on the 8th of January and spend his next 500 days loving her, crying over her, desiring her, hating her, adoring her and wishing he had never met her. But the story doesn’t go in that simple chronological order; it goes by flipping back and forth across a calendar. It’s like remembering our lives editing as we go, especially when we’re going back over a failed romance. We start near the end, skipping parts and then hop around between the times that were good and the times that left pain. Tom also remembers this 500 days with his love, Summer, as a series of joys and bafflements.

                    The story starts when Tom who is an aspiring architect, works as a writer at a greeting card company in Los Angeles, meets Summer, and get attracted to her who takes a job as the boss' assistant. Tom is a kind of guy who grew up believing that he'd never truly be happy until the day he met The One. He believes in one true love that awaits him; but Summer, on the other hand doesn’t believe in love and long-term relationships and wants to keep relationship casual. Soon they become friend and get closer and Tom discovers that they have plenty in common despite the fact that she's seemingly out of his league. Then a love of Smiths music and their own mutual attractiveness draws them together; and a sense of humor and passion keeps them going. Tom gets so involve in the relationship despite Summer's telling Tom that she isn't looking for anything serious. Soon Tom’s expectation eventually put an unbearable strain on it and she calls it quits.

                      Though Tom's friends and little sister Rachel try to help him to overcome the situation, but he can't see beyond his hard-fixed belief that Summer is the one he is meant to love forever and ever. Tom holds out hope that reconciliation may happen but Summer offers nothing more than friendship. Soon he comes to know about her marriage and he realizes that there was always something Summer was holding back and kept her from truly being "in" the relationship. When all his expectation faces the heard reality of her marriage he feels rejected and falls to pieces. He's optimistic and expressive, whereas she's a restrained realist. She simply had never felt it until she met the man she would marry and for that he can hardly blame her. Then he begins to start afresh and take up architecture again. Tom starts to realize that all his ideas about love were wrong but Summer points out that it wasn't. The girl who didn't want to be anyone's girlfriend was now someone's wife. Its just with her husband, she knew what she was never sure of with Tom: that she was in love with him and wanted to spend the rest of her life with him. She tells Tom he was right, but just not about her and one fine day he will definitely find the girl he is destined for. And the day comes when Tom meets Autumn during a job interview. As they sits there, waiting to be interviewed, the girl across the waiting room calls out to him and tells him that she's seen him sitting on a bench in her favorite spot, which is coincidentally his favorite spot as well. But Tom says he's never seen her before, so she replies he probably was not looking. Knowing the fact that sometimes the biggest risks are the most worthwhile, he asks her out for coffee and she agrees. Then, on the screen, it reads "Day 1", signifying the first day of his relationship with Autumn.

                 People always say “start at the beginning,” but we didn’t know at the time it was the beginning. "500 Days of Summer" is a movie that works that way. The movie ultimately says that love will eventually find you. Like Tom, you cannot force it or like Summer, you cannot fake it. Time, coincidence, and destiny will somehow make it happen.

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