(500) Days of Summer: ** 1/4 (out of 4)

I didn't like it.

I don't really know what to say about (500) Days of Summer besides that. It was interesting, well-acted, pretty real. It stars Zooey Deschanel, an actress that I adore. The material was, for the most part, under-stated yet fairly profound. And if you're into this kind of arty romantic-comedy movie, yeah, you probably want to see it.

But... well, while I don't want to dwell on it too much, suffice it to say that while I found that the movie hit a bit close to home. This gave me motivation to explore my perspective towards the characters. From that perspective, I could see them as clever but shallow, and a few things that happened to them as either trite or subtly wrong. In short, while I respected the movie's strengths, those same strengths ended up making me dislike the movie more than I liked it.

I still recommend it; I just can't score it like I recommend it.

** 1/4