Sunday, August 23, 2009

Not Another Love Story

Because my husband's choice of the evening, Inglorious Basterds, was sold out at the movie theater tonight, I lucked out and got a chance to force him into seeing 500 Days of Summer with me (which he's been resisting as if it would be an affront to his manhood). In spite of its borderline exploitational use of The Smiths, and all the ensuing indie masquerading while being overtly commercial, it was so thoroughly enjoyable that I can't help but post this music video of Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Did I mention the soundtrack is as excellent as you would imagine it to be?

One of my favorite aspects of the film was the anti-Sex In the City approach to costuming. While I love Pat Field (and the designer-label wet dream sequences that she luxuriates upon us), the costume designer of 500 Days of Summer, Hope Hanafin, decided to take the opposite approach. She dresses Zooey's character Summer in clothes that she could truly afford, from vintage and thrift stores and mass market retail chains, creating a more realistic sense of character, while maintaining a distinct sense of personal style. Basically, she looks like any cute girl you'd find hanging out on the blogosphere. Anyway, I suggest you go see it if you haven't already, and if you must, drag your respective other there under the pretense of seeing a Quentin Tarantino Nazi film.


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Daisy said...

Ah this is so cute ! I haven't seen the film yet as it is not out here. But i really cant wait to see it.

What your saying about the clothes, and dressing as she would be able to afford sounds a little more "cutesy" I really cant wait to see it !

Mae said...

I really enjoyed 500 days and you're right about the wardrobe. The things summer wore were very appropriate to her character. Tres adorable.

Pennerad said...

hahahahahaha. agreed. i didnt have to drag my other to see this film, but he wasn't exactly jumping up and down. and i did want to see the tarantino film, so it worked out on both ends. i loved her outfits in this film as well; nice to see the anti-SATC sentiment, as you said.

Isabel said...

I haven't seen the movie - but Zooey is just so adorable!

idée_géniale said...

Ah yes, I loved it too. It was a wardrobe that you could actually see Zooey D wearing too. This video and the soundtrack is amazing too.

burnthesebones said...

even though i totally groaned during some scenes and it was really...yuppieish, this was still an satisfying movie.

doesn't hurt that joseph gordon levitt is my future husband :p