It’s been well over 500 days since the release of the Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel indie gem (500) Days Of Summer, but almost 10 years later the film’s often heartbreaking authenticity is still resonating with fans.
A twist on the classic “boy meets girl,” (500) Days Of Summer wasn’t a love story, but a story about love and the sometimes painful clash between expectations and reality.
When Tom, the hopeless romantic, gets his heart broken by Summer, the girl who didn’t believe in love, it’s easy to sympathize with Tom’s pain, and some fans still do.
Almost 10 years later one Twitter user wrote “Still haven’t forgiven Zooey Deschanel for what she did to Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 500 Days of Summer,” but others were quick to point that wasn’t the intended moral of the story.
Including Joseph Gordon-Levitt himself:
Watch it again. It’s mostly Tom’s fault. He’s projecting. He’s not listening. He’s selfish. Luckily he grows by the end. https://t.co/lEJ8uXlpJw
— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) August 6, 2018
We’ve all had out hearts broken, so it’s easy to sympathize, but fans remembered that Tom tried to change Summer into someone she wasn’t.
I think it’s ridiculous people watch that movie thinking zooey deschanel’s character is the antagonist when it’s entirely about the things we want the other person to be, not what they actually are
— champagne superloner (@fridakahoe) August 6, 2018
Expectations vs Reality
— Matt Neglia (@NextBestPicture) August 6, 2018
Like there’s even scenes that explicitly say expectations | reality
— a.r. foster (@allycatyo) August 7, 2018
— Chet AwesomeLaser D10 (@3amepiphany) August 7, 2018
While fans agreed with Gordon-Levitt that it was mostly his character’s fault, they recognized Summer shared part of the blame.
Still I feel like Summer should have stopped seeing him after the fight at the bar. That should have been a sign for both of them. He loved the idea of being in love but didn’t know what love is.
— Flaurent Soki (@ChampagneSoki) August 7, 2018
Yeah Summer wasn’t innocent. But I think to some degree she wanted to be with him, but she realized that she wasn’t in love with him. Which is why I think she cried while watching The Graduate.
— T (@Tiffanychill10) August 7, 2018
Yeah its both. She was straight up about wanting to be casual, and he tried making it more than that. But she contributed to him having those hopes because she kept giving him more and more without him asking. Such a solid movie, way more relatable than most movie romances.
— Andrew Lang (@drewlang24) August 6, 2018
For many, the story wasn’t about who was to blame. What made the movie special was its realistic depiction of a messy relationship.
It's true that he lied about being okay with casual, but I think a lot of people relate to that, hoping the other person will change their mind. It may be the realest thing in cinema that she doesn't.
— Gina Harris (@sultryglebe) August 6, 2018
I always saw it as two decent people in different places who wanted different things. Both cared for the other, but couldn't give what the other needed. I can relate, and love the film for it.
— Tommy Levi (@tslevi) August 7, 2018
I loved this movie bc it shows how communication is so important to a real relationship. Not just with your partner but with yourself.
— BatNick the artist (@ValleScorpio) August 6, 2018
I'm impressed at the level of debate/insight on human relationships that this movie inspires. I was just disappointed there wasn't a similarly happy ending for all concerned.
— stephen murray (@tforthodontist) August 7, 2018
After all, it wasn’t a love story; it was a story about love.
Some days we're Summer, and then there are days when we are Tom. Just how relationships go. pic.twitter.com/CzSaxULVvB
— Dureen Anwer (@ConfusciousDee) August 8, 2018