40: 50/50

50/50 – September 30, 2011
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Anjelica Houston, Bryce Dallas Howard
Written by: Will Reiser
Directed by: Jonathan Levine

The plot: “Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.” – IMDB

My thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Odds are, I won’t have a lot to say about it other than that. I laughed and I cried, I left the theater feeling uplifted and moved. Yeah, moved by Seth Rogen movie.

I think the movie tackled a really serious topic that affects a lot of people. I know people who have suffered from cancer and this movie felt honest and real – facing the (large) possibility of death and wondering why bother trying to get better when the odds and medicine are so against you? Why deal with months of horrible, immediate illness in hopes of living a little bit longer? Without being over-the-top cheesy and inspirational, it showed that there are things to live for.

The script was great and the acting was excellent. Throughout the film, there was a large tendency to go from laughing quite hard at something to being shocked into silence. The movie looked beautiful and with a backdrop of Seattle, how could it not? It was a perfect fall movie.

My only qualm is that I couldn’t stop thinking about what the movie would have been like with James McAvoy as the main character. He was originally cast but had to drop out due to the birth of his son.

Uplifting and hilarious? How could you really go wrong?

Stars: 5/5

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