Movie Madness

My movie reviews and rants at your fingertips.

(500) Days of Summer

Zooey Deschanel is the kind of actress that can break your heart and piss you off and make you fall in love with one simple look. In this movie, you get all three. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a man who is recounting his relationship with a girl he met called Summer. He falls for her quickly as she says she isn’t looking for a relationship. And what ensues (not chronologically) is the ebb and flow of his love and hate and heartache. The idea of having the movie enfold is genius. Seeing happy moments and sad moments back to back lets us into the bipolar nature in which we remember our past relationships.

I really enjoyed this movie, but it was overshadowed by another recent gem of Zooey’s (Gigantic). Both dealt with the complexities of unclear relations, and both in a manner both quirky and realistic. In fact, I recommend those who see (500) Days of Summer to watch Gigantic right afterwards. A one-two punch of independent genius.

4 out of 5 stars.

**Gigantic 5 out of 5**

 

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