Review for '50/50' (2011)

We had posted the trailer for this some time ago, but didn't really hear much from it after that, the release of the film in the local theatre caught me by surprise.

I finally got a chance to see it, and being a fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen as well as the lovely Anna Kendrick, I was looking forward to watching this film which was inspired by a true story.

From the first moment of the film where we can see Levitt running through the Seattle (Vancouver - where the film was ACTUALLY shot) streets, right until the end credits.

The film is based loosely on the life of Screenwriter Will Reiser, who, coincidentally also wrote 50/50.

It's an emotional, inspirational flick, and shows the audience how one can still retain a shred of hope at a time of darkness. Okay, so maybe it's not quite like that, but by the end, with the support of those around him, Levitt realises that basically, anything is possible.

The performances of the three 'headline acts' were beyond amazing. Kendrick had a loveable allure about her that made for some good watching. Rogen, as usual, was still as funny as he is in his past exploits, but I guess this was his downfall; I couldn't believe him in the 'serious' moments. Levitt, thought, as expected, did an amazing job in this role, and I absolutely believed his performance, he projected ever so well, especially in the most emotional scenes, where his character was in both physical and emotional anguish. In fact, his performance was so convincing that at times it didn't even feel like he was doing so; it was at these times the film got incredibly intense.

50/50 was intense and moving, and the performances were nothing short of spectacular. Levitt's portrayal as the Journalist(Screenwriter in the REAL story) with a tumour was brilliant, and both Kendrick and Rogen serving the complementary co-star positions was the proverbial cherry on top.

Performances: 8

Plot: 7

Visuals: 8

Dialogue: 6

Overall: 7.5


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