Jonathan Levine‘s cancer drama/comedy is one of my favorite films of the year. The first trailer sold more of the comedy aspect, but the film is actually more of a drama with comedy sprinkled throughout. It’s a very touching film thanks to its leads and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I just really liked how Levine managed to bring some real emotional drama to it that really felt sincere while still maintaining some very funny moments. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a star that needs to be closely watched as I feel these next few years will be very important for him and Seth Rogen has proved that he can handle serious material. Oh and Anna Kendrick continues to be one of the best young actresses working today.
With that being said a second trailer for 50/50 has been released and it touches more on the drama I mentioned earlier. I like this trailer a little more and I’m not sure if that’s because I’m watching it after I’ve seen the film or if it’s just because it shows a bit more story.
50/50 is a very strong drama, a very funny comedy and an all-around excellent movie. It’s in my top 5 of the year so far and I can’t wait to catch it again on opening night, which is September 30th, 2011.
Inspired by personal experiences, 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. Rogen also serves as producer, along with Evan Goldberg and Ben Karlin. Jonathan Levine directs from a script by Will Reiser. “We worked with Will on Da Ali G show, and it was shortly after that we learned he was sick.” Rogen recalls. “As shocking, sad, confusing and generally screwed up as it was; we couldn’t ignore that because we were so ill-equipped to deal with the situation, funny things kept happening. Will got better, and when he did, we thought the best way to pull something good out of the situation was to get him to write a screenplay. Ideally we wanted to make a film that would be as funny, sad, and hopefully as honest as the experience we went through. As soon as the script was completed, it quickly became a passion project for all of us. It helped us come to terms with Will’s struggle as well as our own experiences.” 50/50 is the story of a guy’s transformative and, yes, sometimes funny journey to health. 50/50 draws its emotional core from Will Reiser’s own experience with cancer and reminds us that friendship and love, no matter what bizarre turns they take, are the greatest healers.