Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Full Review: 50/50

Grade: A+

Adam is 27 years old, has a job he loves in radio and a seemingly great girlfriend. However, his life gets turned upside down when he finds out that he has a cancerous tumor on his spine. He is forced to go through chemotherapy to try to reduce the size of the tumor and on top of that he finds out that the survival rate of this particular type of cancer is only 50%. He also starts to go to a therapist who is rather new to the position and his mother is overly protective. Thankfully he has his best friend Kyle on his side to help him cope and get through this hard time as everything in Adam’s world seems to be falling apart.

50/50 is an inspiring movie that is based on the true story of its writer, Will Reiser. It is unlike any movie I have ever seen. It manages to perfectly blend the drama of the main character having cancer and the humor that many people use to help cope. It is the most honest movie about cancer that I’ve ever seen. The balance was absolutely perfect, I was laughing through most of the movie with moments that caused me to tear up a bit. The writing for this movie is amazing and all of the characters in it are very real. I am glad to see a movie like this because I feel that it’s the first movie that really understands this subject matter. By that I mean that just because it’s a movie about cancer doesn’t mean that it has to be completely serious and devoid of any kind of humor.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, 500 Days of Summer) plays the lead role of Adam. He was absolutely amazing and gave what I would call an Oscar worthy performance, if the Oscars paid attention to comedies. I am a huge fan of his and this is my favorite performance of his and probably his best performance to date. All the subtle nuances in his character are part of what make it so great. Seth Rogen (The Green Hornet, Zack and Miri Make a Porno) plays the role of Kyle, Adam’s best friend. I think that this is the best performance Rogen has given as well. He was perfect as the worried friend who doesn’t always know how to handle the situation and hides behind his humor. Anna Kendrick (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Up in the Air) plays the role of Katherine, a young therapist still working on her doctorate. I am amazed every time I see her in a movie. Let’s not hold the Twilight movies against her because outside of those she is absolutely amazing and just keeps getting better. She is wonderful in this movie and again, because it’s the only word I can think of, she is perfect in this movie. Angelica Huston (Choke, The Royal Tenenbaums) gives an awe-inspiring performance as Adams mother. The movie also features Bryce Dallas Howard, Phillip Baker Hall, Matt Frewer and more.

50/50 is easily one of the best movies of the year. Every moment of this movie is simply amazing. It will make you laugh then question why, in a good way. It is very inspiring, emotional, hilarious and it will make you think. I cannot recommend this movie enough to absolutely everybody.

Great quote: “I smother him so much because I love him.”

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