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Reviewed by Tarryn from Durban,South Africa on 13 April 2011
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful:
This is a story of boy meets girl, begins the wry, probing narrator of 500 DAYS OF SUMMER, and with that the film takes off at breakneck speed into a funny, true to life and unique dissection of the unruly and unpredictable year-and-a-half of one young man's no-holds-barred love affair.
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Reviewed by Brando from Cape Town on 06 March 2012
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
I am one of millions of people who believe in love, the kind of love that Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City talks about. The kind that is so incredibly elusive that it makes me cling so desperately to the hope that it exists, in its purest form and for everyone who believes in it. That is why I love romantic movies, -novels and love songs. They are all the same. Boy meets girl, they fall madly in love with each other, they fight, they get back together and then they live happily ever after. It makes me smile, it makes me hope, it makes me believe. '(500) Days Of Summer' sounds like another beautiful love story. Lucky for people like me who believe in happy-endings the narrator of the film swiftly informs you that this is not a story of boy meets girl who fall in love and live happily ever after. This is simply a story of love. As the film evolves it becomes clear that my notion of love is simply that, a notion. An idea which the books, the movies and the songs made me believe in. That idea soon faded amongst the harsh realities that this film so intensely deal with. For the first time in a long time I was not hit with a dream but with the reality. I do not want to be cynical about love, I don't want to be desensitized. The problem is, I could relate to the content of this film because that is really how life and love works. I was caught up in a world where relationships always work out. The stark realisation is that there are rarely a sequal to all these fantastical romantic movies to show me what happens after the end credits roll. '(500) Days Of Summer' is a refreshing and undeviating look at reality, my reality. A brilliant cast. A brilliant screenplay. A film that is at times difficult to consume but a film that made me think. Simply because it spoke to me on so many levels. There is a scene where Tom asks Summer why her previous relationships didn't work out. Her short but apt reply will linger with me for a while. 'Life Happens'. So for now, I am back in the real world where life happens all around me...well, at least until I watch another romantic movie, or until I read another romance novel, or until I listen to another love song.