This year marks ten years since the release of one of the most important romantic comedies of the 2000s, "500 Days of Summer". Mark Webb's debut film broke many hearts in its time, but today it has become apparent that this approach to love story is passing the test of time. We asked viewers to tell what the movie is really about.
I was sixteen when I watched "500 Days of Summer" - and even years later, thinking about this story was physically painful. It is interesting, however, how over the years the film takes on a new meaning: now it does not amaze, but tiresome, because the whole drama could have been avoided with the help of one adult conversation. As a teenager, it seemed like love was necessarily suffering and sad music on headphones, which is why Tom Hanson was such a close character. By the age of twenty-five, when you yourself have experienced a thousand and five hundred days of suffering, you understand that you do not need to try to earn love and that the worst thing you can do is create an image of a person that does not correspond to reality.
500 Days of Summer is a tutorial on how not to do it. Tom falls in love with the image of a girl from his fantasies, but is faced with a reality in which she does not want a serious relationship and immediately declares it. He deliberately does not respect her choice, but subsequently for some reason blames everyone except himself. If we talk about love like in a movie, then this is the most realistic and life story of all. And the most important thing: if someone likes the same abstruse dregs that you do, this does not mean that you are kindred spirits.
“500 days of summer” is more correctly translated as “500 days of summer” (oh, this play on words), because the story is not about summer, but about a boy and a girl, and not really about love, as the voice-over narrator warns, although it's about love too … The main character is an architect, for whom people and reality must have meaning, order, and give in to intelligible explanation. But then a girl appears who cannot be understood with the mind.
But the hero is still convinced that he met the girl of his dreams, although she constantly reminds that she does not believe in love, does not want a serious relationship, but continues to smile, flirt, kiss and hold on to the handle. In short, he is clearly not behaving in a friendly manner. And either the guy is a blind fool, or he fell in love with a dream invented by him, and not with a girl. What is special about “the one, the only one” who is all so wonderful, but, to be honest, so boring? Who is Summer, besides loving her smile, hair, laughter, and a heart-shaped birthmark? The picture is similar to the main character - it is too proud, so it turns out not at all about Summer, but about love through the eyes of a romantic.
The film is now joyful, now sad, then joyful again, and now sad again, the narrative for some reason walks back and forth, the demonstrative charm of the characters listening to The Smiths and citing Belle & Sebastian, and the whole point of the story is that you value freedom, because that love is suffering, and whoever is romantic is hopeless, and in general you need to live without stress. Dreams and reality do not coincide - reality crowds out dreams. Indeed, why create something eternal, if you can create something disposable? Or is there always hope, especially when you don’t believe in fate? Wait for autumn after summer, right? In a strange way, this romcom says so little while chatting so much. I will not love "500 days of summer", but we will remain friends.
When the film "500 Days of Summer" was first released, it became a real puzzle for me. At first it seemed that this was just a picture of the mismatch between a guy and a girl. But then I realized that this is a movie about the notorious "dream girl", which the viewer sees only through the eyes of a guy. We don't know much about the real Summer - we only see Tom's feelings.We see how relationships absorb and capture him completely so that he ceases to distinguish between a real and a living person behind the drawn image, Summer.
His entourage, friends, sister are trying to hint that something is not quite right with him, that he may be wrong. However, Tom lives only in his dream and ascribes to Summer what is actually not in it. That is exactly why her protest looks so caricatured in the film when she shouts "dick" in the park or talks about independence. These are very important details, because after Summer's romanticization is gone, Tom will understand that with him is a real person, another woman. And as it happens in real life after similar situations, he will make scandals and push his ideas about what a girl “should” be.
As a result, when she tells him that perhaps her fragile feelings have disappeared, he perceives it as the drama of his whole life and again fixates only on himself. A very revealing story that is especially characteristic of narcissists. A film with an open end: the hero allegedly rethought his attitude towards himself and the love that he is ready to give, and meets the girl Autumn - with her, perhaps, he will not do the same as with Summer.
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“500 days of summer” was often called the anti-loudspeaker, but for me, the end there is quite happy, although without happily ever after. The main character, having gone through suffering in the image of the real Summer invented by him (who turned out to be not at all the person he saw her), understands his mistakes and turns this page of his life - why not a happy ending?
As often happens, people do not hear what they are told (for example, "I do not want a relationship" or "Let's stay friends"), and live with an ephemeral ideal image of a person, depriving him of the right to be real. Love for The Smiths and IKEA beds does not mean that your feelings for each other are mutual, much more often “expectations” and “reality” turn out to be stories from completely different planets.
I've watched a movie with different people so many times, and each time they negatively perceived the heroine of Zooey Deschanel: why does she treat the main character like that, why doesn't she give him a chance? But Summer seemed to me to be extremely honest from the very beginning: isn't it stupid to take offense at someone for not reciprocating?
“500 Days of Summer” at one time looked like an unexpected experience in the stagnant genre of melodrama / rom-com: in addition to non-linear storytelling, one could find there an interesting approach to the perception and deconstruction of modern love.
Many scolded this picture for being clichéd, especially in relation to the protagonist, but it seems that the heroine of Zooey Deschanel was not inadvertently, but quite deliberately generalized to a stereotype: like all other heroes, she is not quite a screen personality - rather a walking cliche, that same manic pixie dream girl. The supposedly loving character of Gordon-Levitt (he is also flat and fake, a kind of proto-hipster) completes the picture of seemingly love, but in fact - total dislike: how can you love a cliché? The world is full of stereotypes - people pretending to be someone, says the revealing film "500 Days of Summer", and for this alone it is notable.
But it is even more interesting that this picture is very popular among the people (and me too, to be honest): a whole generation of positive and open ones clumsily reproduces the fake, cinematic feelings of Summer and Tom in an attempt to find something real in their souls. Today, Webb's picture seems too sad and even paradoxically anti-romantic, and since it has changed its meaning so much, it means that its perception develops over time and it continues to remain relevant, which undoubtedly proves its success.
A friend of mine with experience in dating often tells me about men with whom everything develops according to the same scenario. They get to know her, communicate and after a short time (no more than a week, but for someone a day is enough) begin to tell her that they have been looking for her all their lives.They offer a "serious relationship", an apartment, a summer residence, and sometimes joint children. It would seem, what more could a woman want in search? A tale of love at first sight in action. But the girlfriend of such men ruthlessly blocks. You will ask why? They all have one thing in common - they don't even try to find out anything about it. In the monologue mode, they pour out their soul, tell their biography, and after receiving a few warm words from her in response, they write: “You are amazing! I have never met people like you! " And what kind of "such"?
Once a friend directly asked another newly-made soulmate, who offered her to move to his two-room apartment tomorrow: “Maybe I’ll tell you more about myself and you’ll think about it?” To which the brave man said: “There is no need to tell anything! I immediately understood what you are! You suit me, honey! I have already decided and will not change my mind. " And was sent to the blacklist.
Such is my cruel friend. Wants to be loved for the real one. What am I doing? The film "500 Days of Summer" provides a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of such a man. We experience in the first person the whole spectrum of his unrequited love, tragically beautiful and piercing, like the songs of Regina Spector. And I'm not being ironic. You really empathize with the hero at every turn of the plot. His intentions are pure, his senses bleed and throb. And together with the hero we experience helpless despair when his beloved suddenly becomes a stranger and cold. And now we hate this stuff that feeds the poor guy with false hopes. How dare she fall asleep on his shoulder when she was already engaged to another? The director masterfully lured us into the trap of empathy. But to break the spell, just ask yourself by the end of the film: what have we learned about Summer?
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