I saw the movie 50/50 this afternoon. Wasn’t quite sure what to expect from a quite serious movie about cancer that also includes a good deal of comedy. All I know is it works, and very, very well. While I don’t see a lot of movies, this is easily my favorite thus far in 2011.
Terrific performances by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anna Kendrick make this a heartwarming film about a 27 year old man (played by Gordon-Levitt) who is facing his mortality at far too early of an age. Gordon-Levitts is especially good in his role, but all three shine.
Inspired by a true story, 50/50 is inspiring in itself, by showing both sides of the equation – the deep emotional and physical pain and suffering, but also the light-hearted moments and friendships that help the patient cope with their situation.
To me, one of the most important aspects of the movie is to depict how important friends and loved ones are during a medical crisis. It does not matter whether its cancer, heart problems, a stroke, Alzheimer’s, or even something like debilitating back pain – those who love and care about you will be there at your side, no matter what, and without having to be asked.
Go see 50/50. It may not win an Oscar (Gordon-Levitt should be nominated), but it will move you and touch your heart in many profound ways.