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The candle feeds the flame

Posted on July 21st, 2009 by annakjarzab

On Sunday, I got a text from my friend Nikki that read: Going to see 500 Days of Summer at 5 at Lincoln if you are interested. Um, WAS I INTERESTED?! No.

Just kidding! I’ve been slavering to see that movie ever since I saw the trailer. I love romantic comedies, and I looooove Joseph Gordon Levitt. It kills me that some people still only think of him as “that kid from 3rd Rock From the Sun” because he’s grown into such a multi-faceted, talented actor since then, most notably in Brick, but also in Mysterious Skin (which I don’t recommend you see unless you have a strong constitution for sex and violence of a graphic nature, but is VERY VERY GOOD if your heart can take it, because it is incredibly sad) and The Lookout (not the world’s best movie, but he is SO GOOD in it).

I’m a pretty critical person, so I can nitpick any book/movie you throw at me, even if I love it to death. I loved this movie to death, and while I took issue with some of the ways in which they addressed the philosophical issues surrounding love and romance, I really sympathized with Tom’s (Joseph Gordon Levitt a.k.a. MY NEW FAKE BOYFRIEND) journey. Everything was so recognizable–the early excitement over a potential new love; the tiny disappointments that you brush off and try to rationalize even though your rational mind knows they’re screaming “S/HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU”, like papercuts to the heart; the desperate need not to let go, even though all signs point to “it’s over”; the crushing heartache that comes when you find out they’ve moved on to someone new. It’s so real, even though it’s heightened because, you know, it’s a movie, and while we might feel like cartoon birds are landing on our shoulders, they most often do not. Well, at least in my experience.

Anyway, the movie was just wonderful. Simply divine. It was just quirky enough to be charming, but not so quirky that you’re like, “This movie is too much quirk and not enough actual humanity”, a territory that, even though I like it a lot, I think Juno veers into at times. 500 Days of Summer is just exhuberant. It approaches the idea of romance in a sincere, unironic and original way, which very few movies can pull off (Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind is the only other one I can think of at the moment). I take a few issues with the ending, but otherwise it’s a great film, and I recommend you all see it.

BUT, if you don’t feel like seeing it, do yourself a big favor and watch the movie’s best scene, a dance number to Hall & Oates’ “You Make My Dreams.” (You can adjust the volume on the righthand side so that you don’t have to listen to the commentary, you can just watch the scene as it is in the movie.) You’ll be glad you did, and you’ll be smiling all day, I promise. I’ve watched it approximately sixteen times.

Confidential to James McAvoy: JGL is just one in my rotating stable of fake boyfriends, but what you and I have, my fake husband, is forever. Don’t ever forget it.

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3 Responses to “The candle feeds the flame”

Shannel on July 23rd, 2009 at 1:02 am Said:

I can’t wait to see this!! Just saw the trailer the other day, and then you blog… now I must see!

Sidsel on July 26th, 2009 at 7:01 pm Said:

He looks sooo much like Heath Ledger! Gotten quite cute in his later years. Havn´t seen him in anything in a while. And BTW, if you think you are McAvoy´s only fake wife, Anna, you´re wrong. I apologize if I have burst your buble.

annakjarzab on July 27th, 2009 at 6:29 pm Said:

Sidsel,

Sigh. I know. I would be crazy to think TJM (That James McAvoy, which is what my roommate and I call him) is only adored by me. That’s why I have my fake boyfriends! To keep his side of the bed warm when he’s off with his other fake wives. :)

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