Wednesday, August 5, 2009
(500) Days of Summer (A) is easily the best romantic comedy of the year, but I hesitate to officially call it a "romantic comedy." It's definitely romantic and it's very funny, but the movie successfully walks many fine lines between various tones, resulting in a fresh and unique spin on the genre. I'll have a full reaction coming up soon but I'll say that it's very well directed with an excellent sense of style by first time feature director Marc Webb. The obviously personal and very honest screenplay goes out of its way to avoid many cliches of the genre (while bowing to a few) and really delivers some beats that feel familiar to anyone who has ever had any sort of love-at-first-sight relationship. The two lead performances by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel are some of the best of the year; they both give very different but equally impressive performances. It's also got a killer soundtrack. Go check it out.