Aroview: A twee romantic comedy whose charms are hard to resist, this left-field addition to the genre couples indie kids Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel in a failed 500-day romance, chronicled through a series of amusing, offbeat vignettes.
While problematic as a one-sided and unforgiving take on a thwarted relationship, the movie’s male-centric tone is acceptable as a storytelling device, if not forgivable thanks to Gordon-Levitt's bright and benevolent turn as the jilted boyfriend. Drawing much of its material from the clash between its characters’ sensibilities – he aspires to commitment and monogamy; she’s an independent, no-strings-attached kinda girl – the rom-com credentials are all but cemented by the ever-adorable Zooey, who imbues her standard pixie dreamgirl with deadpan intrigue and weird comic timing. Dir. Marc Webb further woos the audience with playful, creative touches, sprinkled throughout this slightly bitter, but ultimately refreshing, zesty tale of lost love.
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1 star (Turkey) Whatever merits it may have as a film, the way it seems so carefully (cynically?) pitched (music, 'it' stars, IKEA!) towards a modern, young, hip audience is, to me, unbearably smug and unspeakably nauseating.~HiFi