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This review is from: 50/50 (2011) [DVD] (DVD)
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50/50 is a film that is inspired by a true story. The star of the film is Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Adam) and his friend is Seth Rogen (Kyle). The basis for the film centres around Levitt being diagnosed with cancer and then the struggles of the people around him to cope with the situation. Levitt puts in a fantastic performance as the lead and Rogen compliments it perfectly as he is not too involved in screen time.
The film itself is very well written and actually surprised me in many respects. With the widespread divided opinion I was unsure of how I would feel about this film. I wondered if it would be too disrespectful about a disease which so many people struggle and lose loved ones to, but it does not do this at all. It is quite a moving story and the fact that it is inspired by a true story seems to make it hit home that little bit more.
The supporting cast in this film perform admirably and add depth to the story without taking too much away from Levitt. With Seth Rogen being involved, I believed this film would be a comedy through and through but that was not the case. It has light hearted moments where you can find yourself laughing but it is a greater story than just a chuckle.
Going into this film with no expectations I was spectacularly surprised and really enjoyed watching it. I would suggest that if the stigma of the illness and bad taste are putting you off watching the movie, rethink it and give it a chance, its a decent watch.