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50/50

Winter is coming; a truth is as old as time itself. I’ve twenty-five films left to see before the cold cuts into the new-year, twenty-four now that I’ve seen 50/50. For those unfamiliar with the picture and its premise let me provide you with a brief synopsis. Like the title suggests it is a film about odds, particularly the odds of surviving cancer. Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrays the experience penned for him with convincing chops, offering the audience insight into analyzing their own hardships.

At least that is how I felt while watching the film and the feeling expounds as follows: Life is shared by all, but often experienced alone. In our darkest hour we become distracted by the microcosm, caught between the dangers of comfort and depression. Astride this razor’s edge we recognize right away we have a “problem.” With this problem there’s a burden, a burden we’re not comfortable sharing. For this burden brings with it a chance of failure, and such a chance is not one we risk with others.

This is when depression kicks in, and our burden’s weight increases. As this sickly mass collects it also cuts. Like a double-edged sword it strikes both us and all those we come in contact with.

Anger, alienation, and apathy ensue. We have a problem, but however serious it may seem its only human… temporary. That which is finite either finds a fix or meets its death, either way every problem ends.

This is the dark circle that the movies’ lead suffers through, one I am familiar with and I am sure you are as well.  The levity of laughter helps here, but such is only medicine and not the cure. Love is the cure, and I appreciate the film for reminding me of this fact. Love extends beyond humanities temporal bounds and glimpses the eternal. It fuels our hopes, provides us with dreams, and takes us to our tomorrows. Love is the cure, and problems cease to persist when we’re blessed to believe this. Abstract I know, but you’ll see the truth within my words when you see the movie for yourself. I recommend doing so, as well as considering my concept. Love is the cure and always has been for me and my life at the movies.

Comments

  • Rlgodfeyis

    read the article at dailymail.co.uk on what men really want – has some parallel insights
    love dad

  • http://twitter.com/ryanhancock9 Ryan Hancock

    Really liked this blog, can’t wait to check out this movie. Three films I really want to see right now: Ides of March, 50/50 and Moneyball.

  • Chris Elliott

    Awesome post, dude. I like the direction you took with this. This won’t be a theatre visit for me, but I definitely can’t wait to see it on Blu Ray. Holla

  • http://twitter.com/ryanhancock9 Ryan Hancock

    Absolutely loved this movie. So far, my favourite film of 2011. Never expected a movie about cancer to make me laugh so hard. But also, it made me cry. It was the perfect mix of humour and emotion, that made it so much more powerful. Seth Rogen was perfect in the role of the best friend, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is just so honest and believable that he genuinely made me feel for him as the victim. The soundtrack was phenomenal and the writing was excellent as well. Really hope this gets some recognition for the Oscars, a really original screenplay.

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