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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…
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…
"I was a slut. There will always be a part of me that is dirty and sloppy, but I like that, just like all the other parts of myself. I can forgive. Can you say the same for yourself, fucker? Can you forgive? Are you capable of that?"
If you are thinking of making a romantic comedy, I beg you, I Implore you please watch Silver Linings Playbook, pay attention, and take notes. If you do that and make a film even half as good as this you'll have a quality film on your hands.
I gotta say I was blown away by this film. It'll be called a rom-com but I think it's more specifically a romantic…
Silver Linings Playbook is at its strongest when it is pointing out the blurriness of the line between acceptable and "mentally ill" for a lot of America(ns) and how there are certain American tropes and passions that are, in fact, so similar to mental illness in activity that it is a wonder we don't step back and examine them.
Thankfully, he doesn't actually step back and examine any of that - he just is relatively subtly drawing parallels between them.
That fuzziness as to what exactly constitutes mental illness, though, is also the biggest weakness of the film, with the characters being written by somebody who has maybe watched mental illness from a distance, but doesn't understand the logical through-lines…
Strong performances from all and brilliant writing.
Supposedly this is a rom-com for the ones that believe that they are too smart to enjoy rom-coms.
I have to say, this movie is not THAT smart, however it does touches on sensitive issues in a sensitive manner that is neither pointing fingers nor becomes too silly and boy do the lead actors have chemistry with one another!
The Silver Linings Playbook was a film I have had on my to-watch list for a while. Mostly due to its favourable reviews and the chemistry I believed would ensue between Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. I was not disappointed.
A poignant film with much to offer the viewer; accurate displays of family dynamics, decent actors cast in minor roles, timely comedy amid a typical drama.
The protagonist I cannot help but identify with, as I'm sure many viewers will. Pat is a man who acts more on pent up emotions as opposed to logic. However, he hates waiting room music, has a flawless belief in happy endings and gets a bit too involved with story lines of novels, making…
I really wanted to love this film because I've heard so many great things about it. I have even managed to dodge plot details for two years, just so I could go in fresh, but there isn't anything in Silver Linings Playbook that you haven't seen anywhere else plot wise.
I loved Bradley Cooper's performance it was far superior than Jennifer Lawrence's and I don't see why he was not given much recognition for it. Jennifer Lawrence was good but it felt like any actress could play this type of character and Lawrence did the best she could with the role.
Don't get me wrong, I liked it. The film had its moments but everything else felt transparent. It didn't feel genuine. I've seen drama films that I don't particularly enjoy but still thought that it had charisma and heart. This film just didnt rouse any emotion for me.
Very good, I can see why Jennifer Lawrence got the oscar. One of DeNiro's best recent films.
Probably one of my favourite films of 2012, rediscovered this gem after moving back home to my parents house. I empathise heavily with these characters. The performances from the whole cast is just pure inspiration.
I can't help myself, I just love David O. Russell. I haven't watched I Heart Huckabees since college and that may be for the best, but everything else he's done that I've seen makes me really happy and/or satisfied. I was slow to get on the Jennifer Lawrence bandwagon, but I'm totally there now. Bradley Cooper does great work here, too. And De Niro's character was fantastic, too.
Almost perfect romantic comedy. Amazing performances. Totally rewatchable.
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