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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 film is very well acted. The skill of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence is very apparent and pleasing to watch. Their dynamics were great and highly realistic. I also really enjoyed the quasi-documentary style present throughout. I felt that Bradley's character was well developed and executed, and I began to feel incredibly empathetic of his character Pat. This film is a prime example of how to focus on certain events while keeping the larger world of the film in focus, believing that the world of the film was larger than what I was viewing.
Poor script masked by a great cast. Tries way too hard to ride the quirky self aware "haha I'm so weird and random" indie rom-com train.
A surprisingly touching movie, Lawrence and Cooper both gave great lead performances with great support from De Niro.
This shouldn't be called a great movie but definitely a great good movie. It's a Rom Com at its core even though it deals with some serious subject matter, such as infidelity and mental illness. It's still lighthearted.
Up until the ending, I felt like this was a genuinely unique movie. I'm not saying the ending was particularly bad, it just felt like a movie that might defy a norm of the perfect bow-tied denouement. But that's what sells and it was fine and cute.
Muito bom e engraçado.
Out of its league. A wonderfully real, funny and charming little film. Mostly kept light and simple but driven by a smart script, electrifying performances from the central pair and an uplifting message.
At some point in his career, David O. Russell went from iconoclastic director on the fringes of the mainstream (and firmly entrenched in the independent film scene) to wholly beloved awards magnate. I'm not exactly certain when that transition was made, but this is the first film to really show that transformation completely.
Everything about this film is, in a word, safe. Silver Linings Playbook doesn't ruffle any feathers or raise any difficult questions about mental illness. Everything is safely ensconced in the familiar cloak of romantic dramedy that makes it approachable by the Academy's generally conservative (read, older) voting blocks. There's nothing inherently wrong with that mind you; James L. Brooks made a career out of it in the…
i am honestly tired of david o. russell.
I didn't know that Bradley Cooper could do anything but play the suave guy until I saw this film. You know, that slick pretty guy in a suit.. but wow. I stand corrected. The guy can act. Cooper was amazing, as was Lawrence and the entire cast. I particularly loved De Niro in this role as well. Interesting, relate-able characters, great story, and again, superbly acted by all. I loved every minute of this film.
Silver Linings Playbook is a more upbeat film than what I was expecting at the time of release, considering that the main character is dealing with an illness such as bipolar, but it is a comedy/drama after all and balances the scale more on the former part of that one. We find out what we believe is the initial cause of his outburst of rage and sympathise with him and the predicament that he’s in.The charm that works in the films favour also is that half of the people are ‘crazy’ in their own way, from Pat’s friend Ronnie to his OCD father who happens to be a Philadelphia Eagles fanatic and after being banned from the stadium for fighting,…
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