Film Review: (500) Days… (2)

October 21, 2009

(500) Days

Joseph Gordon-Levitt reprises his role as Tom Hanson in this unrelentingly downbeat follow-up to (500) Days Of Summer.

It follows the same overall plot shifts and story arc as the first one, but offers a far bleaker world view than that of the happy-clappy ‘Summer’ instalment. Leading man Gordon-Levitt effectively conveys his character’s turgid belief that the world is going to end and Christmas is the bomb that will blow us all up. Indeed, the scene on day 281 when he attempts to detonate a child’s nativity play skyward with a fuckload of TNT is harrowing, and may yet trigger Oscar talk.

In keeping with the seasonal shift, the flighty, dreamy Zooey Deschanel is replaced with the altogether curmudgeonlier Sonia From “Natalie Cassidy” Eastenders, who acts as if her life depends on it, but knows that she has a terminal illness anyway. She plays Janet, a brow-beaten cashier at an LA drugstore who meets Tom in an amusing scene concerning the purchase of some St. John’s Wort.

Intriguingly, the soundtrack of the first film, consisting as it does of tracks by misery merchants The Smiths, remains completely unchanged for this sequel.

The film will not be released in cinemas as the target demographic will most likely not feel like going out, and so will be released on DVD instead.