Friday, August 21, 2009

More Summer (Still Not Enough)

The summer movie season in the US is known pretty much for blockbusters, action and adventure flicks whose sole reason for being is pure entertainment and popcorn fun. It seldom seems moviemakers can marry entertainment with something actually smart and clever (thank you JJ Abrams for Star Trek, curse you makers of Transformers, which I refuse to see and looks downright inane). So, often when looking for a bit more substance we must seek out movies that do not have the "Made in America" tag.
But there are hidden gems in the rough.
My by far favorite movie this summer and in a while was (500)Days of Summer. A story about love, not be confused with a love story (enough of those). Wry, clever, moving, relatable and charming, due in large part to the non linear narrative and it's main stars, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.
The films glides along smoothly, aided by a fresh soundtrack and I have to mention the awesome, tongue in cheek dance routine to the Hall and Oates' "You Make My Dreams Come True".
For those of us who left the theater thirsty for more I came upon this. Because you can never get enough Summer.

1 comment:

the gretch said...

Yes, this movie had a great soundtrack! Plus, Joseph Gordon Levitt looked way hot in his Joy Division shirt, lol.

One reason I liked this movie, (and maybe this is bad thing) was because their characters were so flawed and so very realistic, that I was truly able to identify with them. I've known people who were/are just like them to the T. Yay for movies that break away from the standard Hollywood formula.