Saturday, February 25, 2012
50/50 is directed by Jonathan Levine and written by Will Reiser, who the story is loosely based off of. The film focuses on Adam, portrayed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt who is a 27 year old man diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer and is given a 50/50 chance of survival rate.
50/50 is a comedic drama, it deals with heavy life threatening issues in a comedic sense. Adam’s best friend, Kyle portrayed by Seth Rogen, is the comedic relief of the film, with funny one liners and trying to use Adam’s cancer as a way to get girls. Bryce Dallas Howard portrays Rachael, Adam’s girlfriend who isn’t very supportive or there for Adam in anyway during his battle with the disease. Anna Kendrick portrays the young somewhat inexperienced counselor to Adam. She is great as the awkward caring therapist. The acting was great. Joseph Gordon-Levitt truly touches the audiences’ heart throughout this film. He has fantastic moments of anger, frustration and sadness that would truly move anyone to tears. He’s strong yet vulnerable and it’s exciting to watch his character unfold on screen to tell this heart wrenching tale. Anjelica Huston portrays Adam’s overbearing protective mother. She’s dramatic and somewhat funny. She is a delight to watch especially the moments when she truly wants Adam to be okay.
The story was inspiring. To capture the tale of a young man who hasn’t even driven a car yet, face the biggest struggle of his life, is awe-inspiring. This film will make anyone look at life differently and instantly become grateful.
50/50 is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys comedy and drama, great acting, and a film that captures hope, love and the beauty of life.