The Tale of a Young Man Who Believes That Love Is Real, Not like Santa Claus
Admit it, every single one of us remember the sweet sincere love we experienced now and then. But how many of you want to remember the bitterness of shattered heart and lonely days? (500) Days of Summer isn’t your typical couch cuddling or cheesy pop corn movie. In the beginning, the movie stated clearly its status, it is not a love story. (500) Days of Summer ending is nor sad or happily ever after. It is what really happens in real life. People meet, fall in love, break up, and life goes on. It is a representation of what we called ‘shit happens’. Finally, a romance that understands we mark our lives by our scrapes with love, and our defeats, rather than simply white-wedding-cake success.
Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel) however is the reason why shit happens. The person who solely responsible for all the roller coaster rides Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has to pass trough. (500) days of Summer flows through 500 passed days of Tom and Summer relationship. We know that Tom, our hero, is trained as an architect but for now writing doggerel for greeting card. It is love at the first sight for Tom, when he saw Summer-the new secretary-on his office. Then the movie swings along as Tom grows his feeling towards Summer.
“I love her smile. I love her hair. I love her knees. I love how she licks her lips before she talks. I love her heart-shaped birthmark on her neck. I love it when she sleeps.”
Oh, so we know he falls hard for this woman. Though can he accept that she simply likes him for now, not for forever?
As previously stated, (500) Days of Summer swings. He danced to the rhythms of Tom’s heartbeat. It jumps forth and through, back and forward. It is like our usual heart break, first we remember the painful details, then the sweet romantic moments, not in chronological. Just moment. The movie itself started the day of Day 488 then jumps back to Day 1 and suddenly we know that it’s really not the typical love story.
Alongside the story, we know that Summer is the antagonist. She broke our hero’s heart. But the reason that (500) Days of Summer left such a strong impression is its ability to relate on our real life love life. Sometimes we are Tom, we are the weak who feels love will always stays forever. Then sometimes, we are Summer, the fun merry-go-round rider, the realist. That sometimes we easily say,
“I woke up one morning and I just knew… What I was never sure of with you.”
Evil? No, it’s reality. (500) Days of Summer is a woman’s movie for guys: romance from the sensitive male’s POV. Man has feelings too, they hurt too and maybe deeper than what woman feel. The truth is we should enjoy the movie through both Tom and Summer eyes, not one of them. Then we know what (500) Days is all about.
The movie is sassy and uniquely beautiful. Marc Webb, video director turns movie director, uses a lot of blue color in the movie. The movie poster contains Summer’s scrap photos shrouded with a shade of blue. Summer does wear many of blue dress along the movie. There’s a blue bird singing with Tom when he dances on the park with Disney style. Then we understand that it was to bring out Deschanel’s eye that is so vibrant.
To sum up, the movie though heard so cliché, feels so close to our daily life. It is smart and witty in its own way. People said movie just an imagination of unhappy people dreaming to find another exit but in (500) Days of Summer, we immediately understand that this movie is visiting romantic terrain that so many of us have bumped through before: real life.