Most people read reviews before they buy a product, play a video game or test drive a car. I strangely enough, like to read them after I have already made the plunge. This time, it is for ’50/50′ a movie that tries to blend comedy and drama into one of the most iconic diseases known to man.
After watching this masterpiece I decided to read some reviews when I came across this one from The Atlantic. This is one rare situation when someone else managed to speak my mind better than I could myself.
So if you are edge about seeing this movie, read this review and consider yourself sold.
50/50 Review from The Atlantic:
Has there been a harder sell at the box office this year than 50/50, the “cancer comedy” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen that opens in theaters today?
“Cancer comedy” doesn’t come close to capturing the nuance offered by 50/50, but it’s catchy, and the reaction has been intense. A cursory glance at 50/50′s IMDB message board reveals a number of enraged recent posts with headers like “What’s next? AIDS and comedy?” and “This movie is a slap in the face to anyone who ever had cancer.” This reaction can be blamed, in part, on the movie’s misguided marketing campaign, which repeatedly trumpets that 50/50 comes “from the guys who brought you Superbad.” But most of it can be attributed to the fact that cancer is an enormously raw, painful subject for the millions of Americans who’ve watched their loved ones die from it.