Monday, January 11, 2010
Let's talk (500) Days of Summer, shall we? Have we all seen it? Yes? If not, please click here: (500) Days of Summer according to Wikipedia. Some may say this needs a spoiler, but it's part of the marketing that we know the couple in it (Tom - the illustrious and oh-so-talented Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Summer - the ever-lovely Zooey Deschanel) do not end up together. Its tagline reads This is not a love story; this is a story about love.
If that doesn't say a ton, I don't know what does.
Now, I love this movie. I love it so, so much. The day I saw it, I immediately went home and downloaded it and watched it the next day again. As I type this, it's playing on the TV in my room (how better to get in the mood?). It's funny and heartbreaking and hits so close to home to probably everyone who has viewed it. Or even heard about it, for that matter. I love it's style, I love the nonlinear format, I especially love the segment of expectation/reality.
We all know it. Everyone has loved someone more than it was returned (if at all). In all variations of love, in all extents of loving someone.
But here's the thing. Yeah, I'm a Tom. But...I'm also a Summer.
I know she's kind of the "evil" one here, and most of the people I know keep calling her a callous bitch. I get that she broke his heart, and it was selfishly cruel to dance with him at the wedding and then invite him over to her dinner party without telling him she was engaged. She toyed with his emotions, had her fun, and blocked him out.
But I'll own up to it. I'm a Summer, too. Yeah, I have a broken heart, but I'd be lying if I said I hadn't mishandled some boy's heart, too. It's not that I purposely play with the boy's emotions, or that I'm wrapping him around my little finger and I use him and toss him carelessly aside. It's never like that. But what I mean is that...I can't help but follow my gut. If something feels right, I am guaranteed to do it.
Even if it hurts someone.
I just can't help it. An instinct is worth so much more to me than reason. All my life, I've followed what felt right in my gut, and it has yet to lead me astray. Yes, it has led me to some ridiculous, heart breaking times, but it also led me out. And that is the part that matters to me. So yeah, i'm a bit of a Summer. When she says, "I just woke up one day, and I knew," I knew I had forgiven her for breaking Tom's heart.
Ok, yes, she didn't have to dance with him at the wedding. And yes, she should probably have mentioned her engagement before inviting him to the garden party on the rooftop. She's human, ok?
We all are.