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[500] Days of Summer: The Chic Flick That Guys Secretly Liked

Plot. Its a story of a boy meets girl, girl meets boy, but then its not a love story, its a story about love.  Haha.  Yeah Basically thats the tagline.  Summer Finn, doesnt believe in love, relationship and all that fairytale nonsense, the narrator mentioned its because of the disintegration of her parents marriage.  While Tom Hansen is otherwise, he invisions himself spending the rest of his life with the woman he loves, his soulmate, the narrator(whom is very helpful in giving understanding to the background of the plot) mentioned that it stemmed from his addiction to British pop music and the misinterpretation of “The Graduate.” So when Tom meets Summer he fell in love with her and he decided that shes the woman hes going to spend his life with, shes the one.  Summer on the other hand dont make it clear to Tom the status of what they have, they hold hands, they had shower sex but then according to Summer, theyre just friends, which Tom angrily replied, “friends, my balls.”  The story progresses through back and forth happenings within the 500 days Tom had known Summer. Its quite unique because if youre going to sit there starting on the middle of the film you absolutely wont get the tiny details, those tiny big details that are actually significant to the plot, on how he was madly inlove with her, their arguments about Ringo Starr, Nancy and Sid and how they pretended they own Ikea.  I really like how they made the movie, the color, the plot, there are some small lapses by the writer but then it was quite consistent.  I also like how Tom have her little sister as his voice of reason, telling him to weigh his decisions. It was a feel good movie all right. Its not really that unhappy ending because in the end they learn fro each other. Oh by the way the ending, Summer married a guy she met at a deli while shes waiting for Tom and that broke Toms heart.

Zooey Deschanel as Summer Finn. Her blue eyes blend with the movies color tone.  Shes not really a remarkable actor, shes okay, she could act quite natural. But yeah the role suits her.  I like her dresses in the movie and her 60’s hair cut.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Tom Hansen.  He’s a good actor, yeah.  He cool at being the bizzare romantic ‘deep’ guy.  I think I might fall for his smile.  So I reckon his performance was effective becasue I could feel his emotions, I could relate to his characters thoughts. I love his shirts in the movie especially Joy Divisons, Love Will Tear Us Apart.

The Songs from the Movie. The soundtrack is plain awesome.  Old times like Simon and Gurfunkel, Hall and Oates, The Smiths (thats how hey started their first conversation), Regina Spektor, yeah British music.  They chose the right songs for the scenes, like the scenes would be nothing without the songs on the background, perfectly suited.  And yeah for the next three weeks or so i might be listening to the soundtrack over and over on my headphones.

Best Movie Opening. The movie opens with the authors note: The following is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. Especially you Jenny Beckman. Bitch.

Overall. Great feel good movie, maybe not the movie that you would watch on widescreen but yeah its a movie that provoke thoughts, discussions, debates and arguments. A movie that make sense, not the average romantic flick because it has the indie feel to it.  So if you love British music, indie films and Ringo Starr, you might not want to miss this movie.  I’ll give it four and a half stars out of five.

Hellyeah. Hellboy!

Ron Perlman as Hellboy.  Seriously what was their criterion in choosing who to play Hellboy?  Did they include real personality thugness?  I can’t think of anybody who could pull it off smoothly than of course him and Colin Farrell but Colin is way too handsome for that ugly comments. Anyway anyone could play him it doesn’t matter, they don’t show that much face.  Anyhow, I still dig that smart- alecky grumpiness of Hellboy, his tantrums, his adorably rude manner and his mean remarks that intensified the idea of his hell involved past.

Abe Sapien. If he’s not in love with Princess Nuala , I would’ve thought he’s gay, darn that excessive gracefulness.  He might’ve been a softie and romantic with all the Vivaldi stuff (don’t get me wrong I love that music too), and the poetry.  I didn’t really like him, yeah because of his overt gayness.  And is he supposed to be funny? His jokes don’t get me laughing.

Prince Nuada. I have a huge crush on him and his wardrobe.  I have a thing for elves and their golden free flowing locks. *Melts. Melts.* is he evil?  I didn’t find him that sinister maybe coz he’s not that dark.  For me he’s just another devastatingly appealing elf who has idealism and yeah he’s another prodigal son.

Liz Sherman. Selma Blair, she’s a real beauty, no doubt.  I have this woman crush on her eyes and lips.  I love the confidence of her character, the way she carry Liz Sherman, not the forced kick-ass, bad-ass super heroine, she had it portrayed as a strong woman that could handle herself and at the same time could save the day.

Dr. Johann Krauss.  Another guy who I think they intended to be witty even funny to the extent but he failed to pull it off.  I like how he pronounced focused that’s just it.  Like Hellboy I also hate his by the book, take charge attitude coz he isn’t that authoritative sounding.

Princess Nuala.  First and foremost let me point out that who ever designed her costume should be awarded an Oscar.  Fuck, her dresses are just so out of this worldly stunning and gorgeous.  I like the way her character was acted out, that damsel in distress who is so thin glass vulnerable, she kinda complimented his twin brother.  Abe Sapien shouldn’t have fallen for her, it would be more romantic if someone more intensed-charactered fall for her.  Damn imagine the two, fortunately this girl died or else we would bear the grossness of Shakespeare being in love with Juliet.

Guellermo “the visionary” del Toro.  Is this a tune up movie? For the upcoming The Hobbit?  I don’t really know what his trademark movie making is duh I didn’t watch Pans Labyrinths(yeah curse me), but I didn’t .  He is somehow different with the awkward shots, so far that’s what I’ve noticed.

The Plot. Whatever the plot is, I’m sure everyone already knows what it is.  The good thing about this comic book turned movies is you don’t have to be a die hard fan to keep track of the plot, a little background will do.  Anyhow, the plot is somehow vague in a way that they don’t touch the tiny details and they went for the bigger picture.  Case in point, I never knew that storytelling session was indeed related to that ‘I challenged you’ towards the end, until I watched it the second time. Or am I that dumb to not notice it. The plot somehow appeared shallow.  That angel of death thingy had a more of a credited cameo.  Are they targeting a much younger audience?  It doesn’t require that much thinking and plunging deep into the story.  There are no risky twists that oftentimes escalate the excitement of the whole scene transitions, it works for some movie.  It was a quite dull plotted cinematic joke, just like any other sequel that producers
could’ve put off.

The Baby Tumor. The market scene where Hellboy beat up this odd looking monster, with a ‘baby’ on his chest.  After slapping the hell out of that funny yet creepy and disgusting creature, Hellboy said: ‘im sorry kid, you’re a good baby’ then the baby smart assly retorted ‘I’m not a baby, I’m a tumor.’ WTF! Jerry lawled to this one also.

Cant Smile Without You.  Red and blue were singing along with this oldie but goodie song and so as I and my friend, we were like them without the beer.  We were still singing that song when we are exiting the cinema. Yeah good times.