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50/50 Blu-ray Review

“50/50” is one of the best and most surprising films of 2011.

A dramedy about cancer doesn’t exactly sound like the type of film audiences would rush out to see or a film that could even work. As it turns out, however, “50/50” is exactly the type of film one should rush out to see.

Based on screenwriter Will Reiser’s personal experiences, “50/50” revolves around a young 20 something that is diagnosed with spinal cancer. The rest of the film is essentially about how Adam and the people in his life (namely his mother, friend, and therapist) try to deal with the tragic situation.

After seeing the trailers for “50/50,” I wasn’t sure a dramedy about cancer could work without coming off as awkward. After seeing the film though, it’s not hard to see why the marketing didn’t quite work. After all, how can you market an honest, funny, realistic, and inspiring film about life, friendship, and love in a mere 2 minutes or less? The answer: you can’t.

What makes “50/50” such a special film is that it makes you think about your own life. By seeing how the characters in the film deal with the news of Adam being diagnosed with cancer, it makes you wonder how you would react in such a situation. What would you do? That’s what this film proposes and it does it in such a way that there’s never a false moment. Nothing is ever forced or sentimental here which is incredibly refreshing.

Of course, the cast of the film really makes Will Resier’s award worthy screenplay come to life. Joseph Gordon-Levitt continues to prove that he is one of the best actors out there. Between this and his wild turn in the odd “Hesher,” the young actor is truly destined for greatness. Anna Kendrick continues to pick great roles as the inexperienced therapist. Probably the most surprising performance here though is Seth Rogen. Just when I was starting to get tired of his schtick, he pulls out one of the best performances of his career alongside “Knocked Up” and “40 Year Old Virgin”.

Summary: See “50/50”. It’s a truly rewarding film that will give you a new perspective on life and make you think about what’s important in life.

Video/Audio:

The 1080p picture quality is crystal clear. Nothing more needs to be said.

The 5.1 DTS-HD contains sharp sounding dialogue and music.

Extras:
* Summit Entertainment film trailers and BD-Live capabilities.
* 5 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Jonathan Levine.
* “The Story Of 50/50”- Will Reiser and his friends/co-workers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg talk about Reiser having cancer, the story of the film, the characters, crew stories, etc.
* “Life Inspires Art”- Will Reisder and others talk about two bar scenes, the hospital scene and an office scene and how they mirrored real life at times.
* “Seek And Destroy”- A behind-the-scenes look at the painting destruction scene.

*Commentary by Seth Rogen, Jonathan Levine and Will Reiser. An amusing and insightful commentary.

 

January 25, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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