Contagion, from the master storyteller Steven Soderbergh, is about a killer flu pandemic that puts mankind on the ropes. It paints a grim but fully-detailed picture of how we’d react in such circumstances. It’s not pretty.
It’s one thing to make a raunchy comedy. It’s another to tell a serious story about someone coping with a life-threatening disease. 50/50 puts those two genres together so that they complement rather than cancel each other.
Some films are lavish eight-course meals. Others are pastries. Midnight in Paris is of the second variety, but since it was made by Woody Allen and unfolds in the most evocative city on Earth, it’s a most satisfying pastry.