50/50 (2011)

Director: Jonathan Levine
Starring:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Angelica Huston

Here we are. After spending weeks reading enthusiastic reviews about this movies, I finally saw it too. Not thanks to a miraculous italian release, if you know what I mean. Anyway, yes, I do agree with all of you – at least all of you who have praised it.
The story is pretty straightforward: a 27-years-old guy suddenly learns to have cancer and starts to struggle against the disease. On the forefront, social relationships: his parents, his girlfriend, his best friend, his therapist. True story.
Overall, the movie is what you expect from a contemporary indie flick. It’s extremely bittersweet and tragicomic. Whether it wants to make you laugh or cry, it does its job perfectly. Personally, what I liked the most is the interaction between Gordon-Levitt and Rogen. No surprises from their characters, they both play what you’d expect them to play: the former is a sort of hip/average guy (500 Days of Summer style), the latter is just his sex-obsessed buddy. Do you remember when i talked about Billy Wilder and the harmony he manages to create among all of his characters? If you don’t recall the post, here’s a couple of hints: click here and here. Well, I was saying that those characters are complementary. And that’s what happens between Levitt and Rogen. They’re so different, yet they complete each other. The dialogues between them are brilliant and rhythmic duets. Though they pretty much stay themselves, they stay as separate worlds, they do not collide. Ever. They just spin around each other and “dance”. Which can only be achieved through a very well written story.

“She doesn’t want to fuck me. I look like Lord Voldemort!”


5 comments on “50/50 (2011)

  1. Jaina says:

    I really loved this film. Tragicomic perfectly describes it – love that word! You’re right, if the two characters were similar, you wouldn’t have had the chemistry that they did have being so different.

    I would say this film’s quite heart warming, or uplifting. Even though at times it feels like you’ve been punched in the stomach. By the end I definitely got a good warm and fuzzy feeling.

  2. Jersey says:

    Yeah, in the end it leaves you full of feelings.
    It makes you keep on thinking about it even when it’s over, which is a very important effect for a movie.

    And Joseph Gordon-Levitt was so damn good!

    • Jaina says:

      JGL is fantastic. Big fan and so glad he’s appearing on the big screen more often. Was so upset that I missed him doing one of his hitRECord sessions here in London. I wasn’t here!

  3. CMrok93 says:

    Mixing humor and painful subject matter is, naturally, very difficult. The beauty of this movie is that it does so with ease, especially with such good actors in these roles as well. Good review.

  4. 3guys1movie says:

    I got dragged to see this film. I was thinking it was going to be a real downer. I was very pleased to be wrong about this film. This ended up being one of my favorite films of the year. Good Review.

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