Monday, 28 November 2011

A change to the 'typical' conventions

Self-consciousness and anxiety often in characters. Guilt, sexual jealousy and paranoiaoften regarded as promising ingredients in rom-coms. Alfred Hitchcock's version of The 39 Steps may seem like a rip-roaring thriller but it's as close as 1930s British cinema came to the anarchic zest of the Hollywood screwball rom-coms appearing at the same time.

(500) Days Of Summer director Marc Webb has complained about "formulaic"romantic comedies that are trying to "sell a bill of goods."
 (500) Days Of Summer isn't cynical and contrived in that way and the protagonists appear very different. Although it can't escape its own wholesome cheeriness.
(500) Days at least attempts to avoid the gooey sentimentality that often makes modern-day forays into the genre so hard to digest, a love story with layers of irony. Would-be architect Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a romantic, writes syrupy greetings cards. Summer (Zooey Deschanel) is the woman he idolises. He sees her as the woman of his dreams. After all, they both like The Smiths. However, his puppy-dog devotion isn't quite reciprocated.

Jess and I would certainly like to involve some of the quirky lighting and dialogue in to our piece. The characters are also interesting as they are different from others, harder to get to know.

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