Forget everything you think you know about romantic comedies. Not only will (500) Days of Summer completely surprise and delight you, it will change your expectations of the genre forever.The movie follows two unique souls: Summer (Zooey Deschanel, Almost Famous) and Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 10 Things I Hate About You) through 500 days of their sweet (and sometimes sour) relationship. The film jumps between days, so you are constantly flashing backwards and forwards to get a unique deconstruction of their relationship. Summer is a free spirited girl who doesn't want to be tied down or worry about labeling feelings, while Tom is a hopeless romantic who dreams of spending his life with Summer (occasionally overlooking her commitment flaws).
The film works because of an imaginative script from screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (don't be surprised if these two become Oscar contenders for Best Original Screenplay in 2010). (500) Days of Summer is fresh, funny, and sentimental, but it's also real, which is what makes the movie work. It also works because of strong performances by Deschanel and Gordon-Levitt, who have a real chemistry (which is often so commercial and formulaic to your typical romantic comedies).
The supporting cast is wonderful, the soundtrack is a great compliment to the film (look for a terrific song/dance scene to Hall & Oates) and the costumes are perfect expressions of the characters who are wearing them. (Trust me ladies, you are going to love Summer's wardrobe, which is full of unique vintage pieces)!
Please, please, please do yourself a favor, and go see (500) Days of Summer; already a contender for my favorite film of the year. Happy viewing!