Sunday, September 4, 2011
50/50 review, Oscar worthy tale about mortality and family
It's a tough thing to blend comedy and drama. A COMEDY that's too serious? Not good. Or a DRAMA that's too funny? Now you've lost the emotional weight of the film. So what to make of 50/50? Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a 27 year old man who has just been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. His best friend is Seth Rogen, who is the bumbling idiot with a lot of heart. He is seeing a therapist, played by Anna Kendrick, to help him cope with the news. Rounding out the cast is Dalls Bryce Howard as Godon-Levitt's girlfriend, and the legend, Anjelica Huston as his overly worried mother. Let's begin.
What I liked about the film:
Philip Baker Hall and Matt Frewer play two older gentlemen also dealing with cancer. They ARE AMAZING! Their view on life was in great contrast to the young Gordon-Levitt, also dealing with cancer.
What I didn't like about the film:
Jonathan Levine directed a movie that SHOULD be considered for Oscars later this year. I have my doubts that the Academy will take a risk on a film like this one, but they should. I hope Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets the recognition he deserves when this movie is released September 30th. I loved it, and hope you all get a chance to enjoy this film.