Directed by Marc Webb
Written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
It had always been a great thing to see how a new kind of narrative quickly grabs everyone’s attention. Two writers without a Wikipedia page and debut Director had pulled off what a lot of aspirants would love to have – a solid start. And a Golden Globe nomination is a welcome ‘add on’.
Since the advent of the non-linear narrative, it had captured the attention of filmmakers of all kinds of genres. Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (the film’s writers) are no different to that sort of an attraction. However, these guys don’t put your brain through too much stress asking you to sort out what happened first and what followed. Instead, they’ve simply numbered 500 days of the protagonist’s life and let the number meter do the non-linearity like a fluctuating stock market figure.
Tom Hansen (played by Joseph Gordon Levitt) is a depressed person of sorts. However, the fineness of scripting lies in never really stating why Tom’s like what he is. The strongest cue you might get is “Tom’s like that”. And then we have Summer (played by Zooey Deschanel) who does what she likes and whenever she wants to. A few sub plots used in creating Summer (the girl) were well written.
Tom and Summer meet at their work place where Summer newly comes in as the receptionist. The film keeps moving to the 255 or the 315th day by when Tom and Summer are already falling apart. But, this in no way kills your interest in the beginning days where the relationship is still young, one of the main reasons for that stands to be Gordon Levitt with a presentation where he seems like he’s about to cry or break down at any given point.
Though the scenario of varied personalities falling in love is not entirely new, the pace of the film, the 500 day meter, conversations where ‘love’ is compared with fantasies like Santa Clause and Gordon Levitt never lets you complain about a few cliches here and there.
Its quick, it’s funny and it’s from Sundance. I think that’s reason enough to watch this.
Rating – √√√√ – watch it for Gordon Levitt
Golden Globe nominations – Best Picture (comedy or musical), Best Actor (comedy or musical)