50/50 Review

I’m finding it hard to get started here without making this just like any other review of a great movie, but I suppose I can start with the facts. 50/50 is a touching film about a young man’s diagnosis with cancer and how his life and lives of the people around him are affected. It may be common knowledge at this point, but the reason this film was created was because the screenwriter, Will Reiser, dealt with similar issues when  he was diagnosed with cancer. In this way, it’s hard not to find honest and true moments making 50/50 an excellent movie through and through.

In a film that combines heartfelt drama with laugh-out-loud comedy, you’ll find in 50/50 a truly compelling and enjoyable story. Seth Rogen is hilarious as always delivering his signature blend of comedy, Anna Kendrick is always enjoyable, but the true star here is of course Joseph Gordon-Levitt. This is a young actor confident in his ability and rightfully so because he really is an incredible actor, his performance in 50/50 is nothing short of breath taking.

Every single moment, story arc or plot point in this film had the potential to fall apart and seem forced or even stereotypical. Instead, 50/50 is a breath of fresh air. It’s a difficult task to put your finger on exactly why that is because it’s honestly a combination of everything. Take most of the fundamental reasons dramas can be great and the fundamental reasons comedies can be great, put them in a blender and the delicious beverage that results is 50/50.

In a film with a simple story about fighting cancer, 50/50 tells a timeless tale about playing the cards you are dealt. At times you find yourself looking at your own situation and asking what you’d do in this situation. You draw similarities between your own friends and family. It’s somewhat ridiculous how much a single film can make you feel from time to time. This film is able to accomplish so much due to its subject matter and because it is a very well made film on all accounts.

Just about everything in this movie works. When the characters are sad, you are sad, when the characters are happy, you are happy, when the characters are laughing, you laugh and best of all the film isn’t forcing or tricking your emotions. It’s just that these characters are so honest and relatable that it’s hard not to feel real emotion. There’s not much else that can really be said here, 50/50 was an awesome film and I can’t wait to own it and watch it over and over again.

Grade: A

4 thoughts on “50/50 Review

  1. Mixing humor and painful subject matter is, naturally, very difficult. The beauty of this movie is that it does so with ease, especially with such good actors in these roles as well. Good review. Check out my review when you get a chance.

  2. I have just discovered your blog today, and am rather impressed with a lot of your insight and opinions on movies; it’s always nice to have a fresh perspective. I have only one criticism I see fit to mention–not for the sake of being an internet troll–but because as a fellow cinephile it seems necessary to identify. I can infer that you are obviously a male, probably single, between 22 and 30. And facts like these shouldn’t be so easy to guess after looking at one’s posts. You seem a bit biased in your choices of movies to see and review, most all of them fitting into the category of what movies 25-year-old males would choose to go to the movies to see, do you see what i’m saying? For example, The Help. It may not be what men your age are lining up to to see, but it was an amazing film. It couldn’t hurt to widen your options a little. (P.S., many of our favorite films are the same. I have a giant Kill Bill poster on my wall.)

  3. I’ve always tried to watch a wide variety of films whether t be some fun horror movie like Fright Night or a beautiful drama like The Tree of Life. I’m sure on a filmmaking standpoint, The Help was a great film, but it just didn’t seem like something that would tickle my fancy.

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