Monday, October 3, 2011

50/50

Saw the new movie 50/50 yesterday and I loved it.
It sounds peculiar to declare such enjoyment for a movie regarding cancer. I even felt odd with my keen interest to see it.
Pushing that aside, I went and was blown away by a script that is so simple and honest, with subtle acting from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and in particular Anjelica Huston.
Included in this cancer story is the father with Alzheimer's, and I admit when it was mentioned, my eyes rolled and I waited for the rude, bland comedy of forgetfulness. I was so wrong. The scenes involving the father were perfect; watch toward the end as the family walk up to the doctor for an update. Again I have to use the word subtle. It is those little things that make the big story. I would like to count up how many lines Anjelica Huston actually had, because her story was so complete in few words and actions. Damn good woman!!
Thank you to Will Reiser for taking his own personal experience with cancer and writing this script. It's interesting to read that Will says he cut scenes out that seemed unbelievable, yet they were true. That makes me smile as I know so many people say about their own lives, "it's like out of a book!" Perhaps our lives are now in reverse.
We know as more people battle, face, win or lose illnesses that those who are clever and wise will use the media in a prudent fashion to deliver beautiful pieces that perhaps will make those that are "in the sick bays" to feel a sense of belonging, rather than that, we are standing on a cliff waiting to be pushed.
For those like Will Reiser and our very own Scott Winters, thank you.

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