When we lived in LA we saw a new movie twice a week on average. It felt like more since I worked at a post production studio, and got to see sections of movies as they were being worked on.
Now it is more like twice a month, due to work constraints and lack of diversity here. (500) Days of Summer arrived 4 weeks after it was distributed through most major cities. Pretty embarrassing since I live in the largest city in my state(which toots its own horn as being artistically inclined).
Anyway, I got to see the movie last night and I loved it. The writing and direction reminded me of Cameron Crowe's signature style. A realistic relationship, which may or not have an happy ending, a definitive look of the movie's era on screen, and an awesome soundtrack.
Oh and I loved Summer's(Zooey Deschanel) apartment. You can see some of it in the picture above, think great wallpaper, iron bed, fairy lights and swans. I also saw what I think was a vintage butterfly trivet that I own. I rarely use it for my pots, because I don't want to ruin the finish. Instead they have it propped up on a shelf, and this morning it is doing similar duty on my kitchen window ledge.
I was surprised to come home and find out this was a first time feature for the director Marc Webb, and only the second screenplay for writers Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter. I hope they have a chance to collaborate again.
*edited to say I just read Liebmarlene Vintage's post. So sad she didn't like it upon initial viewing, but maybe we can win her over? So rare to find a movie that is realistic but with just enough whimsy to take the sting away. Or enough heartbreak to give it depth. Which ever way you want to look at it;)
I didn't go in watching it with any expectations though, and I didn't realize that they filmed it in LA until seeing it. Maybe that endeared the movie to me, since we are a bit lonely for the ocean and entertainment of that city.
Image via Yahoo Movies