film review: (500) days of summer

It's a cliché by now that endings make or break a film. A mediocre film can be saved by a good ending, but a good film can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory with a mediocre ending. And by good or bad ending I don't mean happy or tragic. I refer to endings that follow, if not logically than at least sensibly, from previous events and characterizations. Whether it's smug irony or a plain lack of conviction, weak endings that don't fit with the rest of the film are like cement galoshes on a stool pigeon. A drag. Such is the case with (500) Days of Summer, a film I want to "love" more than I actually do, and all because of a scene that lasts but a few minutes. Still worth seeing, though, for those things it does get right.

Entertainment: * (out of two)
Craft: ** (out of two)

Review at TFPO -
(500) Days of Summer: Missed It By That Much

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