- Film Festival
On Tuesday, PFS Members got a sneak preview of 50/50, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anjelica Huston, Anna Kendrick, and Bryce Dallas Howard. In case you missed the show, the staff of the Philadelphia Film Society wrote some quick reviews of the film.
In 50/50 Joseph Gordon-Levitt does an admirable job playing a young man recently diagnosed with cancer, but the ensemble cast didn’t hold up their end of the bargain. A schizophrenic movie at best (buddy comedy, or drama, or romance, or all of the above?) the supporting roles of best friend, ex-girlfriend, and love interest are all portrayed rather two-dimensionally, leaving the audience feeling as though such a weighty subject was glossed over.
50/50 has the rare capacity to make an audience laugh and cry, but it doesn’t quite hit the right balance between comedy, drama and romance. It has its hilarious as well as truly touching moments, due to exceptional performances by Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Will, and Anjelica Huston as his overbearing but caring mother, but these exceptional scenes do not come together to create an exceptional movie. Overall, 50/50 is very enjoyable and definitely worth seeing.
In 50/50, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a man diagnosed with cancer trying to cope with his illness. The story is loosely based on the experiences of the screenwriter Will Reiser. JGL is adorable as always but, for being more or less a first hand account, 50/50 lacks the honesty and tenderness I would have expected. It seems a bit formulaic. It is definitely worth watching, but I would hold off until is plays on cable.
The thing about 50/50 that sets it apart from previous ‘living with cancer’ stories is the honesty behind the story. It is a very personal take on what happens to one person once their life is changed by cancer. Actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anna Kendrick, and funnyman Seth Rogen all deliver strong performances which remind the audience of someone they might know. Even though the story focuses on cancer the film is anything but depressing. It leaves the aftertaste of hope and reminds the viewer that life never stops. Not even for cancer.
50/50 is a lighthearted take on a serious life experience. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character, Adam, receives the news that he has a rare form of spinal cancer. At first he claims to be “fine” but as the chemotherapy begins and his life becomes a fog of doctor visits and realizations about his relationships, Adam succumbs to the inevitable fear of the situation. JGL and Seth Rogen were an enjoyable duo to watch. GO SEE IT!