Cinema and Faith - 50/50



50/50 is dramedy (drama/comedy) film loosely based on the life of Will Reiser, who is the writer of the film. The film’s plot centers on Adam (played by Joseph Gordon- Levitt) who finds out that he has a rare form of cancer and has only a 50/50 chance of surviving. You follow Adam as he faces life with cancer and as he goes through feelings of shock, denial, resistance, and acceptance. During the course of the film, you also meet the people in his life and how they cope with the fact that Adam has cancer, from his girlfriend to his worrisome mother to his vulgar best friend (played by Seth Rogan).

Just so you know that the rating of this movie is rated R. Some of the comedic elements deal with drugs and sexual content. The movie’s plot was well paced and allowed you time to get see the different perspectives of the characters in the film. The comedic elements of the film were a bit vulgar at times but, allowed you time to breathe during the pacing of the film’s dramatic/realistic plot. The acting of the entire cast of the movie was on point. Jason Gordon-Levitt did a good job of conveying the emotions a terminal illness patient may go through. Seth Rogan’s portrayal of Kyle, Adam’s best friend, was great and Anjelica Huston’s portrayal of Adam’s worried mother was wonderful. On a side note, Seth Rogan's character Kyle was based on him as he played the same role in real life with Will Reiser. The music of the film was done by Michael Giacchino (Up, Star Trek, Ratatouille). Once again Giacchino was able to use the right music for the film to give it that extra “umph.” 50/50 did a great job of being able to convey the emotional correlative (meaning what you see is how you feel). I give 50/50 4 stars out of 5.

As I was watching this film, I was greatly reminded by the song “Hold Us Together” by Matt Maher. If you haven’t heard it yet, you can find it here. The reason I was reminded about “Hold Us Together” was because even though Adam was breaking apart due to his cancer, the people in his life were there to back him up and keep him together. In the same right, we have God for that. Whether it is the worrisome mother or your one of a kind best friend, God is letting you know that He cares for you through them. We as a family have to remember we are our brother's keeper, and whatever hardships we go through, we don’t go it alone.

As far as hardships are concerned, we all know that when they come it's not a very pleasant time. As much as we want to back away and have our suffering taken away from us, it's in these hard moments we have to just jump into our sufferings and let go, and let God. It's like Newton's 3rd Law of Motion: everything has negative and positive reaction. In the same way, everything works for the greater glory of God and so your suffering will not go in vain. Out of suffering comes joy.