For the 95 minutes of watching “(500) Days of Summer,” I dropped my brute, insensitive, and uncivilized guise. I giggled gleefully, I nibbled on my fingernails in anticipation, I “aaaawww’d” at cute moments, and I even shed a tear. I loved it. And then, I did it again. And I am still a man.
For my favorite moment of musical genius, hit the jump.
Other than the film’s ability to pull me out of my machismo façade, “(500) Days of Summer,” the rom-com that captured the hearts of many indie film romantics during the summer of 2009, is packed with an array beautiful moments of harmony between the plot and the music in the background. These moments of artistic genius, when the song playing perfectly captures the essence of the tone, mood, and setting of that particular scene in the movie, are what really made me fall in love with “(500) Days of Summer” and essentially made me want to write a feature like this that highlights these moments in an array of films.
The film, packed with so many awesome combinations of music and motion, did not make it easy on me to choose one scene as the paragon. However, after watching the film again (and again), I knew I had to go with the scene portraying Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) on the morning after his first night of passionate love with the girl of his dreams, Summer (Zooey Deschanel). Tom proudly prances to work as Hall & Oates’ “You Make My Dreams Come True” provides him with a little extra pep in his step. The movie, focused on failed expectations and the pains of dating, steps away from its focus on reality as the song transports Tom into his own fantasy world where everything goes his way. Hall & Oates’ “You Make My Dreams Come True,” a staple in many film soundtracks, is woven seamlessly into the sentiment and situation of the character. Not only does this point of the film mark a highpoint for Tom in his quasi-relationship with Summer, but it also serves as a highpoint in the film for me. The artistic ingenuity and use of music in this scene (and the whole movie) create for a refreshing movie experience.
And remember: Listen to the movie!