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Carl the Critic: Reviews 50/50

Updated on October 8, 2011

"50-50" poster

"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.

What about you?

If you saw "50-50" what did you think?

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    • CarltheCritic1291 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by John, hope you enjoy the film when you see it :)

    • John Sarkis profile image

      John Sarkis 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Awesome hub... No, I never did see the movie, but did see many trailers of it and wanted to go. - In fact, I think I even went to see it, and got the wrong showtimes, etc... I'm planning to see it when it comes out on cable...

      Take care and voted up


    • CarltheCritic1291 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thank you sharehouse! I greatly appreciate it :)

    • sharehouse profile image


      6 years ago

      You're welcome. Following you now man!

    • CarltheCritic1291 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Me too, thanks for the comment :)

    • Smallrevolution profile image


      6 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I liked how the movie made me really feel connected with the character suffering from cancer.

    • CarltheCritic1291 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thanks Steven, I will, and I would check this out as soon as you can. :)

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      Steven Escareno 

      6 years ago

      to my shame, I still have yet to see this movie, but I want to so badly, as I heard nothing but good things about it. However, I appreciate you writing this, as this definitely sounds like a great movie that I'll enjoy. Thanks for the heads up Carl, and be sure to keep up the great work as always. :)

    • CarltheCritic1291 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      I agree about Superbad, but this is nothing like it. Thanks for your comment ruffridyer:)

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      6 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      The T.V. ads mentions this movie was made by the same people who gave us Superbad. Personally I HATED Superbad. The movie did live up to it's title, it was SuperBAD.

      Sounds like 50/50 got it right! Thank you for the heads up.

    • CarltheCritic1291 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thank you Cogerson, greatly appreciate it :) "50/50" really does deserve the praise it's getting :)

    • Cogerson profile image


      6 years ago from Virginia

      Great review...I am going to add this review to my Top Films of 2011 hub....your 9.5 rating is in line with all the other currently 50/50 is currently ranked as the 5th best reviewed movie of the year....great job...voted up and interesting.


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