It’s rare, but I recently watched the movie 50/50, and was inspired.
From the beginning it sucked me in.
A 20-something gets diagnosed with cancer and has a 50/50 chance of surviving. Seth Rogen plays the same character as always, but does a good job of lightening the mood and showing a funny side to cancer without crossing any lines.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes the film. While he doesn’t say a lot, the director does a great job of putting you inside the head of a cancer patient.
The acting and the unique story didn’t just entertain, but made me think. You know you just saw a great movie when you come away from it thinking. Put it this way, the only thought I had after walking out of Mission Impossible 3 was “where is the closest bar.”
Though it is rare for a 20, or even 30-something to have cancer, it made me ask myself a lot of questions like, why do I ever complain about anything? Why do idiot drivers anger me so much?
I went out to lunch with friends the other day and had a great time. I thought, why don’t I do this everyday? I shouldn’t need cancer as an excuse to live every day to fullest.
I’m still going to be a little pissed when someone cuts me off on Route 30, but maybe I will take a more carefree approach. No matter what situation you are in, it could always be worse, which can serve as a comforting thought during times of distress.
I would recommend the film. I tried not to give too much away, and so long as you are not the slap-stick, crotch-shot kind of moviegoer, I think it’s worth your time.