“This is not a love story.” From that opening line you realize (500) Days of Summer is going to be something different, and it fulfills its promise.
Great movies transform the bored spectator into an active participant by completely transporting him or her to another world. It could be a fantastical world full of adventure or a bleak reality full of loneliness and despair. Either or, the viewer expects some kind of fulfillment from a film after dedicating two hours of life to sitting in front of a flickering screen. If it’s a comedy, we want to laugh, if it’s a drama, we long for tension and emotion, and even from a documentary based on actuality, we crave insight and the sense that we learned something new. In a way, Gigantic tries to be all of these things, but it fails miserably because it tries too hard to be original, quirky, and to be “real.”