500 Days of Summer Essay

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500 Days of Summer

500 Days of Summer shows the reality of modern day relationships; sometimes prince charming isn’t very charming at all. Barbie may not be looking for her Ken, and surely none of them have permanent smiles stamped on their faces.

The main point of this movie is to analyze about love being a mind and will of its own and to captures an honest depiction of the rise and fall of what is seemingly a perfect relationship. It also emphasizes the importance of distinguishing the difference between the reality and expectation of a relationship. In the beginning of the movie, the scene reveal how Summer is not looking for a boyfriend and believes that love is a myth, like Santa Claus. Meanwhile, Tom builds up this
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The director tries to steer viewers in the impression that is a sweet and delightful movie that is an absolute bliss to watch even as they hammer home the awkward and deeply un-movie truth that being in love is a lot of damn work with, usually, little or no reward whatsoever. The entire movie is really viewed through the lens of Tom's perspective. The jumping back and forth in time symbolizes Tom's memory of what happened. As the ending narration says, "Most days are not special. They begin and end with no lasting memories being formed." Which is why there are only a select number of days out of the 500 that are showcased here. These are the lasting memories. This is what Tom remembers, the best and the worst.

The flashbacks and forwards could easily be an unimportant gimmick, but I think the filmmakers really have a purpose here. The way that it will show a certain scene (like the Ikea scene) from near the end of their relationship, and show how distant the two are; then show the Ikea scene from just a couple days after they've been together, creates a very interesting and realistic effect. They taint the joyful scene we're about to watch by showing us basically the same scene with the same characters we love, but now we see the pain and heartbreak that goes along with real life relationships.

The movie is definitely about love. But it’s also about loss, dreams, and growing up. It also becomes an alarming reminder
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