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2012. 92 minutes. Rated PG.
You think just because there’s bad people that there’s no good ones either? I thought the same thing for awhile. But there’s always someone out there for you. Somewhere.
Response to the original TBBC Post on 50/50.
If you don’t like depressing films, you better limit your movie-going experience to Disney movies. Life is all about the balance of humor and pathos, and you cannot have one without the other.
Based on a true story of a 27-year old man’s struggle with a very rare form of cancer, 50/50 is a raw and honest portrayal of what’s it’s like to live through cancer treatment, and to face the very real possibility of having a finite timeline to your life expectancy — unlike the rest of us, who blithely go through our day even though we could be hit by a bus (or murdered by some wacko on Craigslist) at any moment.
What I came away with at the end of this movie was I really “got” what it was like to have cancer. I felt Adam’s shock, his betrayal, his pain, his bewilderment, his rage, his frustration, his downward spiral. His best friend Kyle tries to use the cancer to score women for both of them, and you can see Adam’s quick conviction that sex no longer matters in the face of the disease. What the disease teaches Adam is a large part of the movie.
The part that was lacking to me was there was no tension in the plot. I guessed the ending of the film early on and actually felt like that was the inevitable ending, especially for a film billed as a comedy (dark or not). The ending doesn’t really matter. The strength of it is the journey. Before the movie even ended, I began reflecting on my own mortality, and who or what is important in my life. If that’s the only this film accomplishes, I can’t complain. What I will complain about is that it seemed to be a bit muddled as a film. It is a little funny, a lot dramatic, and I certainly liked it… but it didn’t knock my socks off. I think it wanted to be funnier, but it elevated itself above the comedy which didn’t completely work.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
This movie is a treasure trove of geek greatness. Easily equivalent to the large treasure chest hidden in the Great Palace of Hyrule, far across the eastern sea.
Quote: Kick her in the balls!
There couldn’t have been a better role for Michael Cera to land then the squeamish, off color, super-nerd Scott Pilgrim. Quite simply he is very much like the squeamish, off color, super-nerd Michael Cera. It was a great idea, and it worked out very well.