Monday, October 3, 2011

Movie Review: 50/50

My wonderful wicked stepmother to be, gets free movie tickets from her work on a regular basis, which she then sends to me (so they don't go to waste of course... And they don't!) In my Birthday card last month she sent me a stack of them and lately I had been to busy to use them, until last Friday! It seems that there are a ton of good movies out there that need to be seen, but one that stuck out the most to me as of late was 50/50. I love Joseph Gordon-Levitt from Inception, (500) Days of Summer and 10 Things I hate About You and who doesn't like Seth Rogen from Pineapple Express, Knocked Up and Superbad? All of those movies are in my top 100!

When the previews for 50/50 came out I was intrigued right away, a movie like this had not been done before and while I am aware that I am a little ignorant have no clue on the subject I wanted to give the movie a chance. I knew with the two actors starring in it that it would not be a disappointment, and it wasn't! Here is the Movie Trailer, for those of you who may not have seen it.

Movie Info:
Inspired by a true story, 50/50 is an original story about friendship, love, survival and finding humor in unlikely places. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen star as best friends whose lives are changed by a cancer diagnosis in this new comedy directed by Jonathan Levine from a script by Will Reiser. 50/50 is the story of a guy's transformative and, yes, sometimes funny journey to health - drawing its emotional core from Will Reiser's own experience with cancer and reminding us that friendship and love, no matter what bizarre turns they take, are the greatest healers. 

I have to admit that I knew I would like the movie right away by the music that was chosen and as the first scene opened, Seattle was the setting. Although I'm glad I no longer live there, I will always have a soft spot for my hometown.  

While watching the movie, I laughed, hard and cried, a lot. It was sweet, heart warming, and human. I was nervous about how it was going to end, I won't spoil it for you but I think it ended exactly the way that it should have. I walked out of the theatre feeling tingly and happy that I saw it.

The Facts:
Cancer is a touchy subject, and sadly it is a very scary and widely spreading disease. While cancer affects people of all ages, the risk of developing cancer generally increases with age. In 2007 cancer caused 13% of all human deaths worldwide (7.9 million). And rates are rising as more people live to an old age as mass and lifestyle changes occur in the developing world.  


Information from: Rotten Tomatoes, Wikipedia, and yours truly. Images from Google Images.

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