I'm sure we all have those friends who seem to find these random cult movies out of the blue and the recommend them to everyone, because they feel they were onto something really special. That's happened to me numerous times and I've also been that guy telling people to watch certain movies because they were good.
(500) Days of Summer is a movie people have been telling me for years to watch. And so I figured, why not make it my Friday night movie...
Tom Hanson (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), an architect turned greeting card writer meets Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel), his bosses assistant, played by Clark Gregg, pre-S.H.I.E.L.D.
After they meet, things click. They hang out, have fun and it all seems to point that they're into each other. Except life isn't as certain as those classic romantic movies. Above everything, this is a story of two people who just ran into each others lives and moved on.
You can't help to feel a little sad on how everything ends up working out, but all in all, life is as uncertain as it comes and cannot be as perfect as those Nicholas Sparks movies portray romance.
There are numerous other details that make (500) Days of Summer a unique experience. Right off the bat we get a disclaimer, telling us that the following movie is a work of fiction. Then we get a name named! This sets the tone on what's to come.
Other details such as a non-linear narrative and the square Polaroid footage, makes for an original view of the lives of two youngsters drifting through their twenties. I guess we can relate to that!
By the end, we've watched a relationship of friendship and love flourish and quickly turn into dust, where we learned it's OK to fail and that we can always come back from it.
Therefore, (500) Days of Summer is definitely on my favorite movie list, just for being a light, yet serious slice-of-life.