a few months ago I had a conversation with a friend about (500)Days of Summer and she mentioned in the commentary, the writer, director and main actor JGL, had a conversation about one of the last scenes in which the character of Tom see’s Summer right before his interview on a park bench in Angels Knoll in downtown LA. For those of you whom haven’t seen it, this occurs after they’ve long broken up and mistakens a chance encounter with them at a wedding as an attempt at reconciliation only to realize later, that this was just her, being her. wanting to do whatever she wants, however she felt, whenever it suited her.
Being that, he goes to a party and realizes, that not only is she with someone else but she’s engaged. something crushing. anyways, back to the point, she mentioned in the commentary that the three had a debate, on whether that sequence was actually a scene that really occurs or if it was a dream, similar to the scene where he’s doing a song and dance after he finally gets what he wants from her in the beginning of the movie.
she mentioned that one of the three commentators mentions that it might’ve just been a dream, something he had to convince himself of, to move on. to finally get the to the point where he had to realize, just as happy as he was when they finally were together, that he had to have something equally as crushing now that they were apart. something just as dramatic. something to make it become 180. and that this was that moment.
When she mentioned this to me, it made me pause and think. At the time, she told me I should listen to the commentary of that scene to get what they meant about the scenario being a dream. After hearing it, maybe it’s something to consider.