No one escapes from life. As much as he does, man does not set aside his fate; Perhaps, owing to the progress of medicine, he will be able to get rid of some stone during the journey, but there comes a time when the burden becomes so great, that misfortune overwhelms the circumstances, that it becomes difficult to live a A little more than anger, and the strength that remains obeys a dialectical movement, plunging and not knowing how long to reappear, as in a protracted game. “50%” is just that, one man’s attempt to grab every chance he can, teetering on a flimsy rope, now hanging on to a thread of hope, now to the abyss of it all. is bowing down Jonathan Levine squeezed all the poetry out of the screenplay by Will Reiser, who himself survived a malignant tumor in his spine at age 25 after suffering weeks of inexplicable back pain. Nearly two decades later, of course, Reiser still has fresh memories of the days of uncertainty, despair, hurtful comments and always cold technical explanations from the professionals who assisted her, until two characters who were fundamental to her treatment Could not access scene.
In the film, Reiser plays Adam, a public radio writer in Seattle, Washington. A diagnosis of cancer should never be taken lightly by anyone, no matter how favorable the statistics or how bad the patient’s habits. Adam, played with poignant dignity by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is especially puzzling because, in addition to his increasingly anachronistic job in a world undergoing frenzied metamorphosis in this crazy 21st century, he’s elite: he doesn’t smoke or drink. drinks and has no particular interest in adventures of any order. The appearance of such a serious illness in a person who has a whole life ahead of him obviously shakes his peace, but not only that. Kyle, Seth Rogen’s best friend, moves a little too cautiously, despite Adam thinking the best for him during this time. Levine takes advantage of short extracts from Reiser’s text to deal with this infantilization of the patient, especially when talking about cancer. Despite understanding that Kyle’s intentions are good, Adam feels as though the illness has worsened, as if he had indeed been condemned and the most appropriate thing to do was to outsource his life. That atmosphere of enlightenment, purification, rebirth, accompanied by panic, destruction, impotence, destruction of the will, seems more profuse than the cancer that begins to spread from the spine to the soft tissues, and the relationship with Rachael, the frivolous girlfriend The breakup, embodied by Bryce Dallas Howard, is inevitable. Her, come on, solace is finding out that she wasn’t too involved before the big change in her life, but her relationship with overprotective mother Diane, played by Anjelica Huston, threatens to become a center of tension in a difficult time. . Time. For him too.
In the middle of the second, Rogen’s character, one of Reiser’s great friends in real life, gives way to Catherine, a young psychologist who lacks the necessary experience to deal with such a complex situation. The director manipulates Adam and Katherine’s romantic involvement into a deus ex machine solution that feels forced, even though Anna Kendrick’s fine performance dilutes much of the discomfort. “50%” doesn’t mind becoming more and more ridiculous, which is an asset nonetheless. Sometimes dreaming is better than living.
Direction: Jonathan Levin
Styles: comedy drama