Carl the Critic: Reviews 50/50
"50-50" Movie Trailer
Experience/Expectations: I need to start off by saying that my girlfriend REALLY wanted me to watch this movie. I saw the trailer and first thought "it looks funny but I have a sinking feeling that this is 'Funny People'." So I had to choose between watching and reviewing "50/50", or "Dream House" another movie that looked disappointing. After many critics gave praise to "50/50" and Daniel Craig is not too happy with "Dream House" I took my girlfriend to watch "50/50". And I must admit I almost cried, it was very beautiful.
Story: Adam is a radio editor who has been suffering from sever back pains, and he goes to see a doctor who tells him that he has a rare form of bone cancer, and so he begins getting chemo therapy. On the whole it is the story is based on not only Adam coping and struggling with cancer, but everyone he comes in contact with, from his friend Kyle (played by Seth Rogen), his therapist Katherine (played by Anna "What Are You Doing In 'Twilight'" Kendrick), his girlfriend Rachel (played by Bryce Dallas Howard), or even Adam's overly opinionated mother (played by Anjelica Huston).
Critique: As a film critic, a title like "50/50" gives me an opportunity to have fun with the title. For example: What are the chances that "dramedies" are good movies? 50/50! The way I see it you would find "50/50" either very engaging, or very predictable. If you thought that this movie was going to be as funny as the trailer made it seem (although I'm not sure how you can make cancer rip-roaring hilarious), then you might be disappointed, sure there are funny moments, in a ratio to the drama you could almost say that it is 50/50! But if you are focused on the story you will find it predictable, and I can understand why some people might not like it as much as others, but keep in mind that this is based on a true story. This is the experiences of the writer Will Reiser, who was diagnosed with the same cancer. Another interesting fact is that Kyle in the movie was Seth Rogen in real life (no wonder his performance was so good, he was playing himself). And now I must get this out of my system, "What are the chances that Seth Rogen actually does a GOOD movie?"... That's right 50%!
Speaking of great performances, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was AMAZING! (What are the chances of Joseph Gordon-Levitt pulling off a great preformance in a movie?... That's right, 100%). In fact everyone was, from Anna Kendrick to Anjelica Huston, you could connect and believe that every character was connected to this film in some way.
I will say one film that this reminded me of, and that is "Juno". I might not have like "Juno" personally, but to it's credit the main thing "Juno" does well is the realism, and how the characters reacted to the situation. And that was "50/50" as well, everything that the characters said and did you can believe was actually said and done.
As you had already guessed, it is hard for me to find anything really bad about "50/50" besides for being predictable. The only other thing I can rant about was when Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anna Kendrick where cleaning out a car and I noticed a minor continuity error involving a soup container. It "magically" ended up in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's after it was clearly in Anna Kendrick's hand. But that is just me being nit-picky, and if you watch many other movies you can notice minor continuity errors like that.
Overall: So with all this in mind I gave "50/50" a 9.5 out of 10, and I highly recommend watching, because it is one of the most beautiful movies of the year.
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