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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…
This movie's a little more irritating every time I watch it, but I still really like it.
Well, we'll just have to agree to disagree on this pandering "comedy" and its bland leading man, Bradley Cooper, whose charms elude me. Every punchline from his mouth drops like a boulder into Lake Mead, which is very difficult when you're partnered with an actor as sharp as Jennifer Lawrence. Robert DeNiro is excellent (as usual when he gives a shit), as is Jacki Weaver as Cooper's parents, and the competition that ends the movie, I admit, had me rooting a little bit. This is not a good movie, however, even though -- ho ho -- crazy people sure are zany sometimes.
Really good at times, then decent at others, there's a scene or two were Jennifer Lawrence looses her cool and it's awkward and not very genuine, then the ending ties everything together and puts a bow on top and I'm reminded why I love O. Russell.
Heard a lot of great things about Silver Linings Playbook but I was completely underwhelmed. It's a middle of the road rom-com that seems to have tricked people into thinking it's something else by throwing some poorly written mental illness into the mix. The script is really weak, riddled with exposition and cliches. David O. Russell's direction is kind of pedestrian, composition felt lazy with every other scene resorting to over-the-shoulder shots. It's not a bad film, it's just dead ordinary.
Absolutely fantastic movie. Fantastic acting, writing. Had everything you would want from a movie- romance, humor, heartstring-tugging moments, Jennifer Lawrence...
I really like the theme of running. I also really like the idea of love surrounded by craziness and chaos. Jennifer Lawerence does a fantastic job and I fell in love with both of the characters’ honesty.
This is a dumb review.
I think David O. Russell deserves more credit than he's often given for making Silver Lining's Playbook. Even if the title makes little sense, he manages to paint an endearing portrait of two lovers which sidesteps the schmaltz you might usually expect from this sort of production as well as a marginalising, derogatory perspective on mental illness.
Bradley Cooper is a good actor, but Jackie Chan was criminally underused. Worst installment in the Rush Hour franchise.
Very effective, thanks to Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, who has a small role but might be the most important. Jennifer Lawrence ain't too shabby either-- All thanks to David O. Russell's assured directing.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
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