Marcie and I had the opportunity to go to two great movies this weekend! We saw "50/50" on its opening night and "The Way" in a DC sneak preview. In a nutshell: both are wonderful films, two thumbs up on both.
I'll try not to be a spoiler on 50/50 but don't read on if you have yet to see the film. It was both touching and really funny. As a cancer fighter, some of the scenes were spot on. Some of the experiences of Adam, the protagonist were similar to mine. Adam was well played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
One early scene shows him wandering through the cancer clinic hallways alone somewhat bewildered; been there. His moment flipping out in his friend's car and feeling like he was losing it: been there more than a few times. The next scene shows him leaving his family as he is rolled to surgery. I have felt that same moment of fear and desperation before surgery. That scene brought the most tears.
What else do I take from the film? I need to call my mother more. I also wish I had a crazy but fiercely loyal friend like Kyle (played by Seth Rogen) to lighten the stress. And no fellow cancer patient has ever offered me cookies filled with weed.
The second film was "The Way" starring Martin Sheen and written and directed by Emilio Estevez. We saw a sneak preview which Sheen and his son attended. Way cool! They had a very funny Q&A after the film.
This film features Sheen as a widower who attempts to finish his deceased son's journey on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a six week pilgrimage in Northern Spain. It is a delightful story of tragedy and redemption. Ironically, along the journey, they meet an older traveler, a yarmulke wearing priest. He reveals he wears it to cover the scar from his brain cancer surgery. Marcie and I loved this film and are ready to become pellegrinos on the camino.
This film is great but sadly under promoted. Go see it.