Very Mild Spoilers
(500) Days of Summer follows Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a hopeless romantic who, from adolescence, believed he would only be truly happy once he found love. Summer (Zooey Deschanel) is a beautiful woman who believes love should be taken with a grain of salt, and that life always gets in the way. We follow their relationship over the course of 500 days, as told from the perspective of Tom. We bounce through the days, through ups and downs to find out if these two can in fact find love. There's only really one thing you need to know about this story, however... It is a story about love, but it is NOT a love story.
This would not be achieved as seamless as it is without a talent like Marc Webb. He constructs so many meaningful themes and ideas, all while still making the movie as enjoyable as it could possibly be. He makes some incredible stylistic choices, like the famous expectations Vs reality scene, or the full on dance number acting as a celebration of sleeping with Summer. Webb's direction is a true star of this film, because without it, the film may have come across as a good idea squandered by lack of how to show them on screen. Also, props to the editing and choice of nonlinear storytelling, its uncommon we get nonlinear stories in something outside of a hard hitting drama or some Oscar bait. I also happen to rather enjoy the ending scene, which is a little bit more cutesy than the rest of the film, which some people have a problem with, but I get the biggest smile each time I watch the film, so I cant hold it against the film as a whole.
All the performances are damn perfection. Levitt and Deschanel both give wonderful performances. I think a lot of guys, myself included, can relate to Joseph Gordon-Levitt's hopeless and somewhat selfish portrayal as a man who just wants love. Zooey Dechanel gives what is her best performance as a complex and complicated girl who thinks she knows what's best for her, she shines here. The chemistry between these two is something out of this world; I would love to see them in more projects together. The supporting cast is great as I mentioned, but I appreciate their limited screen time, letting us really invest in the two main leads. But hats off to Clark Gregg, who just may give the best line in the whole film with "Roses are red, violets are blue, fuck you whore."
(500) Days of Summer is a masterpiece. It's an example of when writing, direction, performances and aesthetics come together perfectly to craft a beautiful film with a deep message. It plays against expectations of it's audience and character is such a unique way that it is truly a staple of the genre. It's so good that you, like me, are likely to re-watch many times.