Funny, heartfelt, meaningful. The dialogue feels unnatural for more than half of the movie, but the story and character’s journeys are far more genuine to back it up. Recommended? This movie has a lot to offer and deserves a chance.
This movie is classified as a comedy, trying to lighten the mood of a man’s experience after discovering that he has cancer. Ultimately, the often dry nature of this film makes it come off as more of a drama featuring the comedic styling and perfect timing of Seth Rogen. Any other excuse for humour feels like a last ditch effort to make situations or characters awkward when they really aren’t.
The cast behind this movie is made up of talented actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard and Angelica Huston, just to name a few. Each of them takes on their character with stellar effort, but with the exception of Seth Rogen, who seemed to be improvising much if not most of his dialogue, they all seemed to be stumbling over and weaving their way around lines did not flow very well. In a movie with vulgar rants and serious undertones, it is this fault that creates an awkward tension that makes the movie difficult to watch.
The overall vibe of the movie is very simple. From the dark mood lighting, to the understated and complimentary background music, the focus is justly kept on the story and the characters. And the movie does not need anything flashy either, it is just a simple story about a man who discovers that he has cancer and, along with his family and friends, must learn to deal with the illness in light of the discovery that he has a 50/50 chance of survival. With exception of the specific lines being said, a believable and heartwarming tale is told with some level of dignity.