Last month i saw the film 500 Days of Summer. I have a few thoughts about it:
- In the film, the main character is a guy who writes greeting cards. While this is his job, he’s actually an architect. When i heard this, the movie immediately became less original and unique
to me. Being an architect is such a cliche now. Ever since Something About Mary it’s been used in every romantic-comedy around. I understand why. If you’re a woman, an architect embodies all the qualities you’d want in your man’s job: it’s creative, it’s independent, it’s the perfect mix between corporate and entrepreneur.
- You must quit your job to be happy. Such a load of crap. In modern movies there are really only four types of themes: (1) “Believe in yourself and you can do anything.” (2) “We are all alike underneath.” (3) “Love conquers all” (4) “Good people win.” Almost all movies are one or more of these themes. I was sort of bummed that this movie became a #1 (Believe in yourself) movie when he quit his job. It just made the whole thing more cliche to me. Hollywood loves this message and it’s all over the place – almost every tv show and movie is saying this. I was hoping for more realism
- In real life, everyone knows the situation where there’s a couple where both people really like each other. They get along great and things seem fine. However, one person likes the other person way more. The other person is into the relationship, but not enough. They break up and people wonder why. This happens all the time. However, it never happens in movies. The only other movie i know of where this happens is Woody Allen‘s Annie Hall. I also think that just because this movie tackles this situation is why so many people see it as novel or unique.
- It’s amazing how good the guy from 3rd Rock From The Sun looks (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). He was so nerdy in that show and he’s really pretty cool in this movie. I liked him a lot as an actor – even though i thought his character was a sap. I also didn’t even recognize him as the doctor in GI Joe.
All in all, i really liked the movie and thought it was fresh and fun. I also like the music in it. It’s worth checking out
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G-L is good in Brick too.
i am not reading your review because i really want to see this movie. i read #4 by accident though and just had to comment that i always thought he was such a great actor in 3rd rock and am glad he’s back at it again as an adult.
I liked the movie a lot. For one, I was so glad he DIDN’T get the girl. I, too, am so tired of that old story. I was also pleased that I didn’t get to know whether he landed the architectural job or not. I always look for an arc of growth or learning in main characters. This had it so I liked it a lot.
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