"This is not a love story." From that opening line you realize this film is going to be something different, and it fulfills its promise. With a refreshing take on the romantic comedy genre, being that the film is told from the male point of view, it is more an introspective piece about relationships. The ones we treasure and the ones we may never understand, but how each individually exists for a reason in our life. This is not a story about finding love, it is about realizing that love may come and go, but take comfort in what you have been given and in the excitement of what may come. For any individual who has ever questioned what went wrong, had their heart stomped upon, felt there was no escape from the pain, this is the movie you need to watch. It has a magical way of delivering hope, and healing past trauma, that is so rarely seen in cinema. The film offers a wonderful break from the cliche of romance on screen and the expectations set up for relationships. It strips away the rose-colored glasses often worn in matters of the heart, leaving the main character (Tom) and the viewer bare and open to receive the truth.
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Marc Webb has achieved something almost indescribable with this film. It is perfection. The pacing is sublime, the actors timing and tone spot on; every element of the film is done so well you are suspended in the story for its entirety. Not only does he achieve the male point of view, and does it without machismo but with pure emotion, he also veered away from the over the top love tone. Instead, the atmosphere throughout the movie is one of two people who are smitten with each other; it is light and playful. Making it all the more based in reality. It is obvious that his impeccable direction and attention to detail make the excellence of the movie possible.
Tom (Gordon-Levitt) and Summer (Deshanel) are absolutely splendid together. Whether they are experiencing a happy moment or in full blown arguing mode the chemistry between them is undeniable. These are two people who click on screen at every turn.
There may only be one musical number in this film but it is incredibly fun to experience. Coming off of a splendid date with Summer, Tom is full of so much happiness he breaks into song. With him leading the way, and a song that is perfectly suited for the occasion, he recruits the people on the street for this impromptu musical escapade. You may even find yourself tapping your feet where you sit as the mood of the scene is infectious.
Relationships are a prime target for comedy. This movie uses everything in this realm to its full advantage. You get just the right amount of funny, sarcasm, and all out humor throughout.
Romance, Drama, Comedy
July 17, 2009