Thursday, October 6, 2011

50/50: A Quick Review

*** I do have a bit of a bias towards Joseph Gordon-Levitt as I am a fan (like many others), so sometimes it sways what I think, but I don't think it did a lot this time. And I understand if you disagree.

Just a quick couple of notes after seeing the film 50/50, Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Anna Kendrick.
If you haven't seen a trailer for it, you can check one out: Here!

I know a lot of people are referring to this as "that cancer movie" but I think it's so much more than that. I really enjoyed it for a number of reasons, and would recommend it to most of my friends! I say "most" because, you know, there are always those with weird/terrible taste, but let's not get into that now...

Quick Notes on 50/50:

1. Clean production and editing. Nothing too weird going on.
2. Great writing and pace. It is actually very very funny, but also heartfelt.
3. All of the actors/actresses in the film shone. Their talents were not wasted, and it was nice to see Seth Rogen drop into some more dramatic moments to go with his lovely grizzly-bear laugh.
4. It didn't laugh in the face of cancer, but it also didn't go down the predictable route of making everything seem like a travesty, or preaching that there is a light at the end of the tunnel (and all that).

I thought this movie was a great blend of showing the different emotions one can go through when facing a terrible illness/disease, etc. I've had close members of my family survive surgeries to remove tumors, but have also lost one to cancer as well, so I have experienced a lot of the feelings that were shown in the film in regards to the family and friends of Adam (the protagonist).

The one sticking point that my sister found in the film was that she thought [spoiler alert!] making Adam's father also have Alzheimer's was a bit overkill, and didn't really add anything, because he barely interacted with him in the film. I thought that it kind of added a dynamic and understanding of Adam's relationship with his mother, but I don't know, that's what she thought and I can see where she was coming from.

In the end, this movie is not a "shit happens, life goes on" comedy about a terrible, common disease. It's about relationships, helping people through tough times, loss, survival, changes, adaptation, family, trust, and everything else. And most importantly, you don't get the feeling that some movie executive is rubbing his hands together gleefully at the thought of gaining accolades for shining such a "light" on this subject. Not, it genuinely feels heartfelt and sincere.

I would definitely recommend this movie.
Have you seen it already? What did you think? Were you also floored by Joseph Gordon-Levitt?