Words by Benjamin Pinsent
This is not so much a romantic comedy as a thesis on relationships. As the title suggests the film follows five hundred and one days in the life of Joseph Gordon Levitt as he meets, falls in love with and is dumped by the titular Summer, played by Zooey Deschanel who is all quirky habits, big eyes and smiles.
This is a really hard film to talk about, those who have seen it love it and those who haven’t say that they really should. There is clear on screen chemistry between the two stars and each has a certain off beat charm that is somewhat lacking from the modern formulaic Rom-Com.
There is no weird argument that drives them apart and there is no after feelings that get these two back together. The film is an audio visual exploration into real relationships. Not everything is a Hollywood romance, and writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber understand this.
The soundtrack is an eclectic mix of pop music, slightly below the mainstream adding a whole new layer for lovers of music as well as movies. If you are still humming and ha-ing about seeing this movie, don’t; it is a perfect film to watch any time.