Placemaking in the Film 500 Days of Summer
People always say “start at the beginning,” but we didn’t know at the time it was the beginning. "500 Days of Summer" is a movie that works that way.
There is no cliché of a misunderstanding so that they can come back together again at the end of the film. Tom and Summer just start drifting apart from each other without a true reason. While we do follow the story of how these two end up dating, the film has the tendency to jump back and forth. We see them while they are dating and after they broke up. The 500 days mentioned in the title becomes a recurring element. It allows the viewer to keep an overview of where we are in their relationship. The film keeps moving back and forth through time while telling the story; it is quite unorthodox, but perfect to show how different yet similar these highs and lows can be.
As he turns to introduce himself, he realizes that her name is Autumn, which is a sign of his continuation and ultimate moving on in life.
It shies away from the typical Hollywood theme that “love is a fantasy,” and directs itself towards the reality that a relationship doesn’t always turn out the way a person intends it to.
500 days of Summer. Ex. Prod. Webb Marc. Los Angeles, CA: 20th Century Fox. 2010. DVD.