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Silver Linings Playbook
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After spending eight months in a mental institution, a former teacher moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.
My ticket stub says that I saw Silver Linings Playbook but it can't be the same film everyone else has seen. It just can't be. This one was supposed to be charming, enjoyable, fun even. It won the TIFF Audience Award. It was supposed to have great characters. Cooper and Lawrence were supposed to have given wonderful performances. DeNiro, it was said, was back. Jackie Weaver, wait, was she in this?
The film I saw was bland and boring. I checked my watch when I found myself engaged: it was 8:50. The film started at 7pm.
So I had plenty of time to just kind of watch the film go by and notice stuff. I imagined the checklist of things…
What a triumph. Worthy of all the praise it has been getting and then some.
I was baffled by how moved I was by this film. I generally do not like this type of 'boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love against all odds' storyline. And even though this is essentially just that, there is so much more to it.
This is a character driven piece and we are given a host of superbly written protagonists, who are for the better part of the film, their own antagonists. It is their nature that makes this film so intriguing and the slowly developing relationships and character arcs so compelling and refreshingly original. These are not characters easy to identify…
I can’t remember the last time I was quite so apathetic towards a film.
David O. Russell’s awards bothering movie is perfectly decent, but is it anything more than that? For me the answer is a disappointing no. It’s easy to see why it attracted such attention during awards season as it deals with mental illness (a voter’s favourite) whilst wrapping it up in the safe comforting embrace of a feel-good romantic-drama. Even the loud, showy performances seem carefully engineered to play into the hands of voters.
Despite the spiky central relationship between the bipolar Pat and depressed slutty widow, Tiffany, this is a crushingly conventional story that never strays from the well worn romantic-comedy formula. Whilst it might subvert…
Love can make us all a little crazy.
Unless you're already a little crazy.
In that case, maybe love provides a bit of a silver lining, and we can all use a bit of that now can't we?
God, I loved this film. I loved everything about it. Everything was just so right on the nose from the performances to the writing to the atmosphere to the soundtrack to...I just loved it. Just blew me away.
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence both did a tremendous job in their roles, especially Lawrence who I'm really pulling for to win that Oscar. You feel every single emotion they display from the looks they give and they way they speak alone. Together they…
Jennifer Lawrence: I'm crazy.
Bradley Cooper: Nooooo, I'm crazy.
Jennifer Lawrence: I'm crazier.
Bradley Cooper: Nooooo, I'm crazier.
Jennifer Lawrence: I want to win an Oscar.
Bradley Cooper: Nooooo, I want to win an Oscar.
Robert De Niro: Don't forget about me! I care about acting again!
122 minutes. 122 minutes of this. That's 122 minutes too long.
No film this year took me by bigger surprise than Silver Linings Playbook, a dazzling romantic comedy featuring the type of dysfunctional people that reside in David O. Russell's wheelhouse as a filmmaker. Not since Three Kings and Flirting With Disaster has he been so in tune with his strengths, and it resulted in what might be his crowning achievement.
As much as both The Fighter and I Heart Huckabees are enormously appreciated by most people, I found each of them highly uneven and severely overrated. No doubt they have good things about them, but they definitely lack that vintage Russell feel that his earlier work possesses. Being that he hasn't made a film I have liked since 1999, it's…
Apart from the superb actors I don't get why this has received such praise. It's nice but certainly no masterpiece.
I'm glad I've finally watched this movie. Most of it was pretty good and interesting, but I didn't like the sports game drama at the end of the movie. I didn't think it added much to it.
I'm really fond of this film, it's a brilliantly written cult romance film. Great chemistry between Cooper and Lawrence, love the climactic dance competition. Nothing but good juju, Excelsior.
Ugh. From the amount of praise, nominations and actual awards I really expected so much more than just another weak story about the magic of dance and about crazy people in relationships. Several weeks after seeing it I watched "Punch Drunk Love", and that movie is the excellent example of the "crazy people in relationships" genre, while the "people having all their problems in life fixed by dance" is a topic that has been run to the ground completely in cinema.
In summary, this makes "Silver Linings Playbook" a waste of time.
I had decided to watch this film on a recommendation from a co-worker. I didn't know much about it and was expecting a stereotypical rom-com. I was pleasantly surprised to find it was anything but. Bradley Cooper's character returns home after spending time in a mental hospital. Trying to reconnect with his family and friends, he meets Jennifer Lawrence's character, who is just as damaged as he is. While the drama can get quite intense at times, there is just enough humor and heart to keep this movie from being a downer. All the performances are top-notch, as you would expect from a movie in which the two leads, as well as two supporting actors, all got Oscar nods (with Lawrence winning for Best Actress). And, the climax of the movie, while upbeat, is quite unexpected and charming.
Have you ever experienced love in a psychiatric ward before?
Wait... I started my last review with that sentence already...
Seriously though, Silver Linings Playbook is about a guy who after spending 8 months in a psychiatric clinic gets out and meets a similarly emotionally disturbed girl who starts to manipulate him to be with her.
It's a love story between crazy people.
I can't share the enthusiasm other people feel for this film. It's an okay drama with some cheesiness, some fine characters and a decent soundtrack. It has it's moments and the acting is solid but I wasn't very captivated by it all.
It's an okay flick that probably won't stay in my head for very long.
Ah silver linings playbook, what can I say that hasn't already been said. This is one of my favorite movies ever written, directed, scored, and acted. Bradley cooper and Jennifer Lawrence just fucking nail it. You can feel the pain in Pat's eyes as he struggles with his illness and you can sympathize with Tiffany as she struggles to move on from her husbands death/deal with her depression. And that dance sequence! Man that dance sequence is my all time favorite scene in cinematic history. David O. Russell gave this movie everything he had and it fucking paid off.
This is one of those movies that made me feel better. Since the first part is much better than the second, when a serious comedy ("a man under the influence") turns into a classical romantic one, I really liked the main characters and their lines. Tiffany is just great: teasing and tender, harsh and sensitive, rough and brilliant. The dance sequence is very good too, as well as the soundtrack.
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