500 Days of Summer is a romance.... except it is certainly not a love story. Rather, it is the story of what happens when you fall in love with the idea of someone instead of the person themselves.
The film is also brilliantly constructed by the great use of many cinematic codes and conventions. As a class, we are going to watch this film and then analyse some key scenes to help us understand how cinematic codes and conventions can be cleverly manipulated to create deeper meaning and understanding for the audience.
Satire and Point of View
While Tom is at the movies he imagines himself in every sad scene. At the end he sees himself as the knight losing in a game of chess against an Angel. This is a parody of Ingmar Bergman's 'The Seventh Seal - watch here
Why do you think Tom loses to an angel instead of death?
Tom's interpretation of love has been influenced by a gross miss-reading of the film: The Graduate.
This film is a common motif in 500 Days of Summer. When Tom remembers some of the bas times, he remembers Summer crying at the end of 'The Graduate' (you need to watch the ending here). Why do you think Summer cries?