500 Days of Summer Essay

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"This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story" (Webb, 2009). Marc Webb's film (500) Days of Summer, is an unconventional unrequited story about love. Tom Hansen meets Summer Finn at work and instantly knows that she is the girl for him. He takes the viewers on a journey through the highs and lows of his continuously evolving relationship. Webb relies on editing, style, and image to draw viewer interest. Production techniques and narrative are used to portray thoughts, emotions, and motivations of the two characters. In (500) Days of Summer, content and form work together to create a conventional post-modernist and post-classical Hollywood style film. The romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer can …show more content…
In the next scene, day 34, Tom and Summer are shown in Ikea once again but this time they are both having fun pretending as if none of their appliances at "home" work. As seen in many post classical films, the mixing of emotional tones causes the genre to switch from comedic to serious quite often (Cornell, Lecture #6). The change in mood continues throughout the film; the earlier days are happier and comedic where as the later days are darker, depressing, and sad. In the heavier and darker scenes, comedy is also incorporated. On day 345, Tom goes on a date with a redhead named Alison and spends the night talking about how heart broken he is over Summer who must be an evil human being or a robot. Although the topic of their conversation is somber, Tom manages to be unintentionally humorous: "'She took a giant shit on my face. Literally.' 'Literally?' '...not literally. That's disgusting. Jesus, what's the matter with you?'" (Webb, 2009). The post modern and post classical styles work together as the film incorporates intertextual references and pastiche through diegetic scoring (Walters, 2013; Cornell, Lecture #6). The first time Tom and Summer interact is in the elevator of their job. Tom has his headphones on but the music is still audible due to the volume. Recognizing the music, Summer makes a comment about how she loves The Smiths and sings a

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