(500) days of summer

I've had quite the struggle lately between the movie-lover me and the relationship me. It's not that Mr. Nayana actively keeps me from going to the movies per se... it's just that it hasn't occurred to me to get my ass to the theater when I could just hang with my best bud at home. Does that make any sense?

Anyway, this whole "I never go to the movies anymore" thing came to a head this week. More on that tomorrow. But Mr. Nayana, in his infinite sweetness, saw that I was upset and promptly decided to take me on a date. We saw (500) Days of Summer, which I had been itching for since I first read about it months ago.

First of all, it's definitely not your standard romantic comedy (which, honestly, was a huge part of its appeal for me). Secondly, it stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, both of whom I looooove.

The coolest thing about this movie is that it doesn't give us the normal crap we get about love from your standard commercial film:

Step 1. You meet someone of the opposite sex whom you immediately despise.
Step 2. Your quirky best friend helps you realize you actually are in love with aforementioned despised person.
Step 3. An unfortunate misunderstanding will drive the two of you apart.
Step 4. It all comes right in the end (thanks again to your quirky best friend).

This, as we should all know, is complete shit. And (500) Days of Summer--blessedly--doesn't do that. We are taken on a journey through a realistic relationship... the highs, the lows, the initial blush, the later disillusionment. And guess what? They don't like each other exactly the same amount! Sound familiar?

This movie was a beautiful, refreshing look at the real stuff we go through when we make the rash decision to allow another human being to become intimately close to us. It's not always pretty, but it's real life, not fantasy. And as for me, I'd much rather my film (or music, or art) reflect the life I actually lead.
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3 Response to "(500) days of summer"

  1. Jess says:
    September 22, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    I agree. I like this movie as much for its quality as for its originality!

    Great new redesign. Looks terrific. One quick question - when I see it in my google reader, it doesn't have any text. Any chance you can change the settings so it can be read in google reader?

  2. Nayana Anthony says:
    September 22, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    I made a change which should have fixed the Google Reader issue. If not, make sure you are subscribed to the RSS feed that's linked at the top of this site, as opposed to the feedburner feed.

  3. Jess says:
    September 22, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Yup, all fixed!!! Thanks so much. It's a laziness thing, but I appreciate it.

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