Movie #126 (500) Days of Summer
(2009, US, d. Marc Webb)
This probably is on my shortlist for favorite romantic comedy ever, if it doesn’t already take the crown. Blending original filmmaking techniques with a very unique story, (500) Days is the perfect example of a perfect movie, in my opinion. I’ve always considered a story to be only as good as the way it was told. Since most stories are just deviations off other ones, it usually depends on the filmmaker/screenwriter to grasp the audience in fresh ways. Through musical interludes, shatterings of the fourth wall, fairy-tale narration, non-linear narratives, and a fantastic soundtrack, (500) Days of Summer is an inventive and creative film about a relationship breaking down like you’ve never seen before. Marc Webb directs the wonderfully cast Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel in this romantic comedy that has all the same parts of a conventional romcom but fails to use them in a conventional manner.