Though the film isn't due out until September, a few weeks ago I was invited to a screening of the film 50/50, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Anjelica Huston. After the credits began to roll, I was certain that I had just watched one of the best films that will be released in 2011. Utterly real, heartbreaking, hilarious and filled with incredible performances, I began to wish that the film was a summer release just because it would allow me it again sooner. While I'll likely still have to wait a few more months before I get to see it again, at the very least I can watch the trailer over and over again.
A powerfully empathetic performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt saves 50/50 from succumbing to the annoying presence of Seth Rogen and his hophead propagandizing.
Jeremy of We Got This Covered wrote, "One of the best films of 2011 came in the form of a cancer dramedy directed by young filmmaker Jonathan Levine and starring Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. 50/50 hits all the right notes as it walks the fine line of being a hilarious comedy and an emotional drama. It’s authentic, honest and it makes for one hell of a film. The film is anchored by its heart-felt performance by JGL, but Rogen, Kendrick and the rest of the supporting cast help make the ensemble team feel just as important. Levine knows how to find the strengths in his actors and shape-shift the film into a cluster of emotions."
Movies Hate You Too writes:
This week sees the release of several of last falls bigger financial or critical hits; the Rock'em Sock'em Robots film, a cancer 'comedy', and a horror film that hits Blu-ray surprisingly quickly. As far as catalog releases go there are films from Woody Allen, Alfred Hitchcock, and films starring the late, great Richard Pryor available for the first time ever in HD plus a monster movie classic gets the royal treatment from the Criterion Collection.