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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 - 2.5/4
Silver Linings Playbook is a well-acted light romantic comedy that has a lot of heart. It's also somewhat bland and predictable. I was actually quite surprised how mediocre I found the film given it's heaps of praise. Jennifer Lawrence is stand-out phenomenal here, the rest of the cast are damn good too. While I don't particularly think Bradley Cooper is a very good actor, this is the kind of role he was built for, a neurotic, optimistic romantic.
The film walks a kind of thematic tightrope, attempting to satisfy a happy romantic film while dealing with mental instability. I learned from this film that as long as you constantly lie to your muse in order…
There are times when watching it where I wonder, "isn't this conventional?" "Haven't I seen this before?" and then I realize that the answer to both of those questions are yes, and that it doesn't matter. The reality is that a movie doesn't have to be unconventional or devoid of cliche's to be great. When you have a great script/dialogue, and emotionally complex, layered characters/performances (an incredible ensemble) along with authentic direction, even if the film somewhat follows generic movie conventions it can still feel fresh and earned due to its execution. David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" re-vitalizes great, old fashioned hollywood storytelling/cinema, and, in its own way, reinvents its endangered genre (Rom-Com, obviously). On its surface, and perhaps on first viewing, it may look routine, but its soul possesses the magic that movie-lovers live for.
Great performances all round in this touching though often predictable film.
Surprisingly unimpressed by this film. I just couldn't relate; looked like some story of a very distant stranger that I don't know. Appreciated their dynamics and dialogues.
A little boring in some parts but still enjoyable.
I like their dance routine. And the judges give their scores way too low.
very good film
One of the best movies I have ever watched. This movie made me fall in love with Bradley and Jennifer.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…