Release Date: 30 September 2011 (USA), 24 November (Malaysia)
Directed By: Jonathan Levine
Written By: Will Reiser
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogan, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anjelica Huston
In A Nutshell:
Adam (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a 27 year old man who learns that he is diagnosed with a very rare form of spinal cancer. The chances of survival is around 50%. Not only does he have to cope with the crushing news, but so does the people around him like best friend Kyle (played by Seth Rogan), mother (played by Anjelica Huston), and girlfriend (played by Bryce Dallas Howard). He also seeks the help of a young therapist named Katie (played by Anna Kendrick).
+ Emotionally engaging story
+ A splendid blend of both drama and comedy
+ Coping with cancer is not only from the perspective of the protagonist, but also from the people close to him
+ Distinguished performance from Joseph Gordon-Levitt
- Seth Rogan's character (Kyle) while at times is funny, at other moments is rather annoying
- The chemistry between Adam and therapist Katie is rather lacking
The Verdict Is In:
First of all I enjoy how the story of coping with cancer is not exclusively seen through Adam's perspective but also from the viewpoint of those close to him. Yes, other people are also affected, and different people have different ways to cope as shown by the characters in this film. I also love how they got the perfect blend of emotional drama and comedy right especially the latter, as it demonstrates that we need not only see the down side of tragedies. Its like the lyrics to Jason Mraz's hit song (which was also written for his cancer-diagnosed friend) The Remedy: "I won't worry my life away..."
The movie also gets the audience to genuinely sympathize for Adam, there's no feeling that we're being manipulated to do so. The screening I attended had plenty of people shedding tears. My guess is that the same thing happens everywhere this film is being shown.
8 out of 10