Roger Ebert, a survivor of thyroid cancer, reflects on two new films and his own experiences with illness – 50/50 and Restless.
We need films like this. They help us deal with life, not death. There is a film that is unrelenting in its honesty about cancer, “Wit” (2001), by Mike Nichols, starring Emma Thompson. I thought it was one of the best filma of the year, but after my illness, thinking to view it again for a Great Movie review, I found I simply couldn’t look at it. It was too painful. Perhaps that’s why it played on HBO, and didn’t go out theatrically. Movies can be so real we look away. I didn’t admire “The Bucket List,” in which Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman were dying men who set off on an escapist adventure, but I understand why other people did.
Full review of 50/50 (3.5/4.0 stars) here.