Saturday, August 15, 2009

500 Days of Summer

Went to see this last Friday with RM.

This is a story of boy meets girl. The boy, Tom Hansen of Margate, New Jersey, grew up believing that he'd never truly be happy until the day he met the one. This belief stemmed from early exposure to sad British pop music and a total mis-reading of the movie 'The Graduate'. The girl, Summer Finn of Shinnecock, Michigan, did not share this belief. Since the disintegration of her parent's marriage she'd only love two things. The first was her long dark hair. The second was how easily she could cut it off and not feel a thing. Tom meets Summer on January 8th. He knows almost immediately she is who he has been searching for. This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story.

summer move forward and paint me the fabric of fall...

No, without the death and darkness of Vienna Teng's Drought -- it is the remedy for that sort of thing -- a source of perspective, an enlightened* film about dismantling the myth of 'the one' (and basically taking a vivisecting approach to all the well-established clices of the romantic comedy genre) in the context of modern love. All set to an awesome soundtrack. (Officially on my wishlist, that is, after a backlog of other acquisitions.) If you dislike romantic comedies for any of the usual reasons, this is for you. If you like romantic comedies, you've probably seen too many of them, and you need a good dose of this.

* enlightened := broad in scope, applying picasa's 'i feel lucky' to a zoomed out photograph. meaning it rings true.

Current music: Trifonic - Good Enough

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