Friday, April 29, 2011
(500) Days of Summer (10/10)
A surprisingly wonderful movie. Surprising because at first glance it seems to be the usual romantic tripe that Hollywood is bursting with. Instead what we get is a refreshingly honest, adult and intelligent look at (non)relationships. A simple story that is portrayed brilliantly thanks to taut, understated direction, good acting and good dialogues. A testament to how much you can do with simplicity.
Our hero, a young, naive, romantic guy, Tom, falls hopelessly in love with his boss' new assistant, Summer. Unfortunately for him, Summer doesnt believe in love. Her thoughts on the subject are summed up by this exchange:
Tom: What happens if you fall in love?
Summer: Well, you don't believe that, do you?
Tom: It's love. It's not Santa Claus.
Nevertheless, she finds Tom interesting and they start seeing each other. Steadily their relationship develops from being colleagues, to friends, to lovers and a bit more. Summer still refuses to acknowledge that they're anything more than mere friends which annoys the hell out of Tom. Witness this exchange:
Summer: We're just friends.
Tom: No! Don't pull that with me! Kissing in the copy room? Holding hands in IKEA? Shower sex? Come on! Friends my balls!
And so the relationship starts, develops and inexorably winds towards a conclusion that is a little bit sad, a little bit happy and a little bit liberating all at the same time.
A movie that is touching in its own simple way and a must-see for all the naive romantics out there (including yours truly :-p)