The Front Row View: 500 Days of Summer

The Front Row View is a regular column by Great Stories contributor Jim Cannizzaro.  He is a veteran community theater leading man, seasoned blogger, movie enthusiast, and family man.

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Post #2 today is continuing the Great Romances leading up to Valentine’s Day. I’m giving a shout-out to Marc Webb’s 2009 (500) Days of Summer. As the fine-voiced narrator intones at the beginning “This is not a love story”. Well, maybe not to the conventional degree as some, but it’s one of the best movies about love, requited or not. An excellent Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a radiant pre-New Girl Zooey Deschanel are the leads. They subject themselves to the trials of a 500-day relationship, with the time structure jumping from early (flirting, getting to know each other, establishing boundaries), to the middle (where the relationship is at it’s most passionate, with occasional trouble spots) to the end of the 500 days (for the most part, not pretty, but….). A smart script and great chemistry between Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel carry this look at romance in the Internet Age (and you gotta love that hilarious Hall and Oates dance sequence!).

-Jim

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