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Silver Linings Playbook
Watch For The Signs
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…
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.
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…
The only way you can beat my crazy was by doing something crazy yourself. Thank you. I love you. I knew it the minute I met you. I'm sorry it took so long for me to catch up. I just got stuck.
It's hard to describe how much I love this movie, but Silver Linings Playbook just means so much to me. I will always love it.
Idk why I didn't like this the first time it's so good ugh
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I really liked this movie and the problem that it dealt with (mental disabilities). I liked the characters a lot, especially Bradley Cooper's There is humor in the movie that tends to make the darker moments feel more light, which is something I also appreciate. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence both give great performances and they work really well together. The whole cast in general is good, especially in the kitchen argument scene are all good. But, this movie suffers from a problem of the middle feeling empty. In the middle of the movie, JLaw recruits Cooper to be her dance partner. Then, we're shown a little montage of them practicing dancing, getting along, etc. and then we're rushed to…
My favourite David O.Russell movie.
A very good screenplay and great characters make this an emotional, funny film. It balances realism with optimism in a very interesting and compelling way.
"There are two ways to deal with any suffering. You can laugh about it, or you can cry about it. Just don't let the people crying about it hear you laughing about it."
If you ever spend time in a mental health clinic, you soon begin to realize that no one has the answers that - in fact - the answers you had when you came to the center end up being just as good as any others that people come up with.
I believe this film strives to answer the basic question when one realizes that everyone is screwed up in a certain way. The American Dream, the Hollywood Ending, the Great Catharsis - it's just not there. Nothing will fix you. You can't even fix yourself! You just have to find people that ultimately grant you validation for your own answers.
Forgot how funny!
(Viewing Format: Netflix Streaming, 2.35:1 HD)
[2016 Challenge: 188/366]
Finally saw this one after avoiding it for years. My life is not better now that I have seen it. Mediocre at best.
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