Photo credit: http://www.flicksandbits.com/2011/10/03/new-uk-poster-trailer-for-5050/16630/
50/50 was the first film I saw at this year's London Film Festival and it was, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best.
I am therefore reposting this review that I posted last month and I am encouraging everyone to go and see this film. I will be revisiting it at the first opportunity that I get as I simply loved this film.
50/50 is another "Cancer" film. Unlike Third Star, which focuses on friendship and stays away from hospitals and all the associated paraphernalia, this film is most definitely about Cancer - diagnosis, treatment, doctors, patients, hospitals, chemotherapy, surgery, therapy etc. 50/50 refers to the chances of surviving this type of Cancer. It focuses very much on what it is like to get a Cancer diagnosis, how it makes you feel, and how others react to the diagnosis. It looks at the devastating impact it can have on your life, your relationships, your friendships and all those who care about you. It follows the male lead through the whole process from diagnosis, to treatment, to negative news, to recovery and hope. It looks at the support networks that you need to get you through this sort of experience - a best friend, family, and even a dog! This being Hollywood, there is a positive outcome, and we are left at the end of the film with a feeling of hope and optimism. This film is not dark or depressing to watch in any way - it is funny, very emotional, moving and deeply touching.
I will declare a personal interest here. I had a similar experience(s) a few years back. I had a much easier break than cancer. But I went pretty much overnight from being a busy professional civil servant to a professional patient. I would describe the whole experience as a nightmare and the road back to normality was long and hard but I made it - twice! So yes I connected with the film and it spoke to me.
This film was excellent - it reaches the parts other films do not reach - and I am highly highly highly recommending it.
At the London Film Festival 50/50 was billed as an original story of friendship, love and survival - and finding humour in the most unlikely places. It is here: