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…
Finally caught up with this one. Loved it from the first minute. The balance of comedy and drama is perfect. Some great performances, particularly by Cooper and Lawrence. Mentally ill folks need love too and, according to this movie, we're all a little mentally ill.
This was a very unusual movie and I found it very sweet and moving
Of all the many pleasures in this film, one of the best was seeing Robert De Niro really making an effort again.
Its been a long time coming, and It was defiantly worth the wait!
Second watchthrough of this movie and man do I love this movie. An emotional rollercoaster all the way through and it just something about the writing and the acting that just hits me spot on.
Movie #14 in The December Project 2013
I am probably the only person who isn't completely in love with Jennifer Lawrence in the face of the earth. I like her, I really do, but she wasn't enough to make this movie fantastic for me. Her performance was great, she played a very powerful character but nah.
Maybe I just didn't like it because I had such great expectations.
This is a film that anyone can certainly get behind, in the sense that it is an underdog story, in a sense. It's nicely done, in both acting and directing. Bradley Cooper certainly ups his game, and Jennifer Lawrence is a shining aspect to the cast. But, Deniro is weirdly underused, as is Jacki Weaver. In the end, it's a fine story that is worth seeing.
Sopravvalutato dalla critica; scritto e diretto egregiamente, con un Bradley Cooper oltre i propri limiti.
Deftly walking the tightrope between joy and tragedy, Silver Linings Playbook is a uniquely romantic tale bolstered by some excellent acting. The only question I had at the end though was how the hell did David O. Russell manage to convince Chris Tucker that this was the fourth Rush Hour? There's barely any martial arts and Jackie Chan's nowhere to be seen.