(500) Days of Summer
Director: Marc Webb
The title offers a hint that, no matter what, this story is not going to go the way you want, i.e. happily ever after. With that in mind you will hopelessly root for the characters. While some see Zooey Deschanel as the ‘perfect’ girl, she spends her time playing a pessimist masked as a realist, leading her lover into a whirlwind infatuation only to abandon him. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the doting partner, speaking about his feelings almost uncontrollably throughout and so doesn’t really help himself.
Gordon-Levitt puts Deschanel on an exceptionally high pedestal only for her to come crashing down when his feelings aren’t reciprocated. Despite the negatives, it is the most realistic portrayal of love – full of expectation and disappointment.
Best Movie Quote: “A guy and a girl can be just friends, but at one point or another, they will fall for each other… Maybe temporarily, maybe at the wrong time, maybe too late, or maybe forever.”