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500 days of Summer
September 2, 2009

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Seldom these days do we see "original" romantic comedies that touch our heart in a very real way. Often times we see the "fairy tale" version of love but not necessarily the real version of what it can entail. This movie hits home on some of the actions we all take when it comes to finding the right person. (500) is about Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) working in a firm that designs greeting cards. He’s going about life as usual, somewhat in a numb state but going through motions as so many of us do. But, all of that changes when Summer (Zooey Deschanel) comes to work at his office as a assistant. Immediately Tom is intrigued by Summer, she’s funny, beautiful and they find they have many things in common. They start spending time together and soon become inseparable. What we see is the relationship between two people take a course that has its ups and downs. Tom believes in love, destiny and soul-mates while Summer has more of a different view on love. She is more the realist where relationships are concerned, not wanting to label how they feel about each other or predict where the relationship is going. But Tom loves Summer and wants more and believes there should be more. What happens is all so real that it is refreshing to watch it all unravel. First time director Marc Webb uses music to beautifully portray the feelings and actions of the characters and the emotions we feel with them. The story would not have been what it was without Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel behind the roles. These two actors gave performances that will change their careers. Gordon-Levitt isn’t afraid of showing the vulnerability of being in love or being in despair for that matter. Deschanel convinces the audience of not only Summer’s charm but also her uniqueness, and we’er also able to see why Tom falls so hard. Both of these young actors are sure to be seen again and again. (I at least hope anyway). (500) is different from all the other films out there portraying romance as a fairly simple thing where after a few obstacles the couple is brought together in the end. This is different, it’s real and it shows us that sometimes what we think is love isn’t always the case. And no matter what, we need to believe that love does exist and never let go as to what it means to us.

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