Maybe it's those massive blue eyes, maybe it's just her willowy and feminine ways, or maybe it's because her dad is one of the greatest cinematographers of all time, but I just loves me some Zooey Deschanel. Even in flicks that aren't all that stellar, Zoeey D. always manages to be just sweet / quirky / charming / earthy enough to keep me interested. And seriously, those big blue eyes are practically hypnotic. If Zooey Deschanel and Elijah Wood ever stared directly into each others' eyes, I suspect that the whole world would turn blue for 300 years.
Anyway, NO, this report is not about how I saw Zooey Deschanel at some swanky party and she waved at someone behind me, but for a second I thought she was waving at me, thereby making me faint on the spot. No, I just wanted to share my thoughts on Ms. Deschanel's newest film, the absolutely excellent anti-rom-com known as 500 Days of Summer.
Mr. Erik Davis has already logged his (very enthusiastic) review, but I just had to chime in and offer the following pair of cents: This is one of the smartest, funniest, and most insightful movies I've ever seen about the practical side of modern romance. I'm tempted to call it the perfect "romantic" comedy for guys -- but I guarantee that the ladies will love this movie too. Oh, and that Joseph Gordon-Levitt guy ... drop-dead pitch-perfect performance. It's a Cusack-ian role that JGL nails on every possible level.
As far as I can tell, 500 Days of Summer is the first "big break" movie for its director and twoscreenwriters, and frankly I'd like to avoid the analytical stuff you find in most movie reviews, and simply thank these three fellas for making such a great little film. The only apt comparison I can think of is the legendary Annie Hall, and while I realize that that's some really high praise, I actually think it fits. So there.
You guys won't get to see the flick until July (sorry!), but it'll be worth the wait.