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Movie Review - 500 Days of Summer

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Like Mike
Like Mike

October 21st 2009 - 500 Days of Summer had the tag line of ‘being this year's Juno’, which didn’t sit well with me.  Personally, I think any time a film is advertised as being like something else is almost like they think it’s not good enough on its own merits and needs to ride the back of another successful film. Well after seeing it I’m glad to report that I had nothing to worry about and would even say this film was much better than ‘Juno’!

With another tag line of ‘Boy Meets Girl, Boy Falls in Love With Girl, Girl Doesn’t’, it instantly gives you the premise of what is to come. Even in the first voice over, which only happens at the beginning and end of the movie, we are told that this is not a love story, though most of the film is told like one. It’s more the fact that what is really going on underneath the relationship is what causes this not to be a love story. Why? Well maybe because I felt it was more of a realistic look at modern day relationships rather than the usual Hollywood spin on them. Nothing is really ever black and white; life is full of grey and this film paints the main couple's relationship with a lot of mysterious grey areas.

‘After it looks as if she's left his life for good this time, Tom Hansen reflects back on the just over one year that he knew Summer Finn. Despite being physically average in almost every respect, Summer had always attracted the attention of men, Tom included. For Tom, it was love at first sight when she walked into the greeting card company where he worked, she the new administrative assistant. Soon, Tom knew that Summer was the woman with whom he wanted to spend the rest of his life. Although Summer did not believe in relationships or boyfriends - in her assertion, real life will always ultimately get in the way - Tom and Summer became more than just friends. Through the trials and tribulations of Tom and Summer's so-called relationship, Tom could always count on the advice of his two best friends, McKenzie and Paul. However, it is Tom's adolescent sister, Rachel, who is his voice of reason. After all is said and done, Tom is the one who ultimately has to make the choice to listen or not.’

I have to say that I absolutely loved this film. I like romantic comedies but they have to be bloody good to grab as well as this film did. It had a few little flaws that made it seem a little far fetched but, other than those, I found myself drawn into the story and fully relating to what they were going though.  As I’m also at the beginning of a new relationship, it made me overly aware of what was happening on the screen and maybe that made me enjoy it more. Hard to tell. Either way I loved this film.

A very very strong 8.5 out of 10 from me.

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