Indiewatch: (500) Days of Summer

Wednesday August 5th 2009

Something’s wrong with me. I can’t stop enjoying movies. Movies that by all accounts I should hate, like (500) Days of Summer. It’s a self-consciously ‘quirky’ American indie romcom that ticks all the Fox Searchlight boxes:

And yet I actively enjoyed almost all of it. Even when it seemed so desperate to be Eternal Sunshine that it had all but renamed its characters. Even when the references to The Smiths and Belle & Sebastian became so arbitrary that I thought we were only moments from a in-depth discussion on Animal Collective. Even when (I kid you not) Feist turned up on the soundtrack.

God, what’s wrong with me?