If you’re still overlooking the very strong yet still-developing acting prowess of one Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this summer could be when your eyes are slapped into submission. Chances are, the masses will flock to his puts-money-in-his-bank blockbuster G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra faster than they will to 500 Days of Summer (out in limited release on July 17), his indie romantic comedy that’s been gathering heaps of great reviews since it premiered at Sundance in January. You can’t blame the guy for signing onto G.I. Joe—the chance to play Cobra Commander has to be impossible to shun for any guy who grew up staging battles with his Joe action figures, even if the film version is going to be nothing but reasonably-enjoyable, empty popcorn kernels. Independent film scene regulars like to have fun, too, no?
500 Days of Summer, however, is more in line with the Gordon-Levitt that has proven himself to be a charismatic, layered leading man (see Brick and Mysterious Skin for proof). The film’s plot seems simple enough—girl is the ultimate skeptic and doesn’t believe that love is in her cards, and then she meets a guy who falls deeply in love with her despite her steady cold shoulder. The fact that the girl is played by the exquisite Zooey Deschanel makes 500 Days of Summer that much more promising. She’s pretty much Gordon-Levitt’s female counterpart, career and reputation wise.
I know I’m mostly attracted to weird, dark, sinister flicks, but there’s always a spot or two available for a well-done romantic comedy. 500 Days of Summer should fit that bill (keep the awful-looking one-two combo of The Proposal and The Ugy Truth to yourselves, ladies). New 500 Days of Summer trailer after the jump: