Batman’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt shines in ’50/50′

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Recently I have been watching television series The Big C, starring Laura Linney and about a woman with stage 4 cancer who is living her life large, including having a lot of laughs. It took me a while to get around to watching the series because I didn’t know if I’d be able to enjoy a TV drama/comedy series of sorts with cancer as its central theme, but I’m glad I did start watching. I’m now hooked and the series has made me realise that of course people do still laugh with cancer; and like to live life to the fullest with its rollercoaster of emotions. Oh, that, and Laura Linney is just brilliant in the starring role.

The same sentiment has probably been sensed by people towards the recent release of the film 50/50 starring The Dark Knight Rises’ Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a guy coping with cancer but positioned primarily in the comedy genre. It’s a dark but often hilarious look at a subject that up until recently has only been approached delicately.

The proverbial ‘elephant in the room’ is put under the spotlight in 50/50 and kudos must go to the producers for shedding brighter light on an otherwise tragically sad subject. The film is out now on DVD and Blu-ray through Madman Entertainment.