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500 Days of Summer [USER REVIEW] [User Review]

 

"500 Days of Summer"

"500 days of Summer" is a beautiful piece of chocolate cake. It is simple, pack of original flavour and genuine emotions, not overly sweetened; it bring back the memory of the first time how chocolate cake was tasted; back to the basic was not often seen these days but beautifully implemented in to the story telling.

Romantic Comedy movies are like chocolate cakes. It is sweet, not very challenging, we all like to have it from time to time, and more importantly, ladies love them. OK. Some men love it too but they won’t tell you just like that.

There are problems with the chocolate cakes too. One of the problems is, they always taste very, very similar. Even though they may look different from distance, like how you cream/icing them and what other than strawberry you use to make them look prettier, when getting to the bites, they are simply, chocolate cakes. They are sweet, chocolaty, first 3 bites were exciting and interesting, but as you keep eating it, it gets tired and the satisfaction and appreciation diminish. And it is so rare for us to come across good chocolate cakes – most is just super-market pre-makes with different plastic wrapping and taste the same – overly sweet, compounded chocolate flavour, heavy grease and whole pack of nothing else.

And once in a while here comes someone who is imaginative and creative, and tries to make that bloody chocolate cake differently. Our "500 days of Summer", is such attempt. It tried to be sweet, chocolaty, with a bit style, and mostly, get you to care about the story as a whole thing.

To that, I give my respect.

"500 days of Summer" tells a story that has not much twist really. A shy, self-contained boy, Tom, worked for a gift card company writing cheesy love expressions for valentines’ cards, and secretly wanting to be an architect. Tom fell in love with colleague girl Summer. Summer expresses she doesn’t want serious relationship but they went into dating and relationship grew. Somewhere alone the line they had fight and broke-up, which send Tom into a devastated status struggling to move on from his love. And he made it on the 500th day, realised Summer is not the one for him and started to look forward. A tale that can not be more straight forward.

This movie, however, is trying to tell you the story differently. First, it jazzed up the sequence of the 500 days – show you the day 71, then day 248, then day 23, then 176, so on. The fragmented story telling worked for ‘Momento’, worked for ‘Premonition’, and also worked for ‘500 Days’. It created your curiosity out of the story vacuum, and made the viewers involved and cared more about an otherwise rather simple story. The movie use a man’s voice for monologue, which has big comedy potential; some black-white smallframed supporting comments and some other ‘scrub’ style flashbacks (‘the Puma portrait’, if you have seen it already), the supporting roles all fitting very well into the stereotypes and all these works very well for this chocolate complex.

On top of the style we also have some solid, effective acting. There is no super hot male/female in the movie, everyone looks their part and no one is over the top. The movie is beautifully shot in the warm, soft color and lights, which is nicely balanced with the simplicity of the story. I liked the steady motion of the camera work, it was very detailed and back to the basic. I sit through the movie quite pleasantly, knowing this was not going to be the best chocolate of my life, but enjoyed every minute of it.

There are still space for improvement though. The style used for the movie was bit not quite enough… the black-white comments and the flashbacks, it made me laugh but I could really use a little bit more of it; it was only used once or twice through-out the movie. Yes, more consistency would be nice. And the calm, wise narrator obviously didn’t dig the full potential to the part. The movie could tease and please much more with just some more of that narration.

"500 days of Summer" is a beautiful piece of chocolate cake. It is simple, pack of original flavour and genuine emotions, not overly sweetened; it bring back the memory of the first time how chocolate cake was tasted; back to the basic was not often seen these days but beautifully implemented in to the story telling.

Of course it can always be better. But for the time, this will do.

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