Thursday, October 27, 2011

500 Days of Summer and me


About two and a half hours ago, I downloaded and rewatched 500 Days of Summer on a whim. (Hooray for Unifi and the trials being over.) I'd first watched it when it came out in '09, so I was sixteen then; I'd thought it the most boring movie I had ever watched and complained that it was way too hyped up. Now, two years later, I watch it again and... Well, I actually enjoyed it.

This brings to mind one question: What changed? Of course, the movie didn't, so I must have; but in what way? How could I suddenly find myself enjoying something I'd previously thought was the driest movie on earth? Doesn't this suggest that whatever changes had happened to me were pretty drastic? Am I going to keep changing like that? Will my tastes and sets of values and everything else be wildly different a few years down the road?

A change is gonna come?

Also, previously, I'd been in full support of Summer ("There's no such thing as love -- it's a fantasy."). But now, two years later, I watch it again and kind of get where Tom is coming from ("Well, I think you're wrong."). (For those who don't know, Summer is the realist and Tom is the romantic.) I'm not sure where this came from, since my experience in relationships remains at zero. Maybe I'm getting more optimistic about the idea of love, but I'm not sure why that should be, since I still view the whole relationship thing as semi-disastrous and too sticky for anyone's good.

Still, this year has opened my eyes to a lot of things, taking chances being one of them. I know I'm not as much of a stick in the mud as I was last time because I don't want my teenage years passing me by without my having a bit of fun. However, I don't think I'm open to taking chances with love (or 'love'), because, you know. Heartbreak (looks like it) sucks and stuff, and I don't want to have anything to do with any of that. I mean, there's always the danger of ending up like Tom.

Upset Tom is upset.
(From this Tumblr.)

Introspection aside, I liked the movie -- I liked how it wasn't some Disney fairy tale love story, but had a rather sweet, optimistic ending nonetheless. The part where Summer showed up on Tom's doorstep in the middle of the night, bedraggled and sorry, was heartbreakingly endearing. Pretty much anyone who wasn't a robot would've melted. Zooey Deschanel is super duper pretty, but I was more preoccupied with Joseph Gordon-Levitt -- those dimples didn't appear once in Inception!

I liked some of the songs in the movie too and should probably check out The Cure. I remember listening to Just Like Heaven a few years back and not really feeling it, but, you know, my taste in movies has obviously changed, so why not give it another go?

It's really late, and I should be getting to bed. Going to end this post with a mini JGL picspam, just because I can.


  1. Ikr! :) Beste'st movie *EVER*..bobby *someone special :) * told me to watch it and believe me it was worth it--not like any love story..
    P.S. love your blog! <3

  2. Haha, it's sort of like an anti-love story, isn't it? (': Thanks so much!