Reviewed Dec 04, 2011
James S’s review:
Dealing with a heavy subject matter in a Hollywood film is always going to be a risky decision for both the filmmakers and the audience. Some people often see the sugar coating, claiming the authenticity is up for debate. To be honest, rarely, if at all, do you go to see a Hollywood film for realism. With 50/50, the filmmakers aren't making a documentary about one's handling of having cancer. Instead, they opt to show us a more positive outlook on the effects cancer has on the patient and those around him.
Why the film works so well is largely due to the casting. Everyone in the film has a specific role to play and does so effectively. The filmmakers will often throw in a lot of comedy to help alleviate the reality of what is happening but then throw in some truths to remind us it isn't all roses. Not everyone will 'enjoy' this film but I think it has a lot of heart and enough realistic moments to take away from. The material is handled with care and respect and to be honest, that's pretty rare in Hollywood.