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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…
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.
Masterful, melancholic direction. Cooper and Lawrence are insanely well-cast and both of them absolutely dominate. De Niro does well as equally flawed father. Wonderful roaming camera is able to put a spark into otherwise more mundane scenes, and is used to great effect in conveying tension. Good editing. Great soundtrack, underlined by a fantastic score. A bit overly dramatized at times, but a seriously engaging movie.
My siblings have been nagging at me to watch this movie because they have each watched it 3 times. The thing is I wanted to watch it, but everytime I start I am distracted my someone or something.
Anyways, I finally decided to see what all the hype was about and I really liked this movie. I was worried it would disappoint me, but everyone's acting in here was good.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I don't like happy endings in cinema. Why? Because happy endings don't typically reflect true life - they often exist only to pander to audiences who can't face the ugly truths of reality. David O. Russell's very David O. Russell-y, Oscar-nominated SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, while an excellent dramedy for the most part, is somewhat undone by its artificial, Hollywood-type resolution, leaving us with a nicely-tied bow-ribbon and nothing left to chew on. This is despite warning us ahead of time with its lead character (played superbly by Bradley Cooper) that negative, Ernest Hemingway-type conclusions, for lack of a better term, fucking suck. Sometimes we need a good ending - not everything is all darkness and misery. However, it has to…
This is my first David O. Russel movie and I have to agree with the general opinion on him: It is good but yeah, that's what it is. Good but nothing special which is sad because Silver Linings Playbook had the chance to be a great movie. It starts of unique and the idea of a RomCom about people with mental illness is great. The problem I had with this movie was that it went too fast (and at all) from "this is interesting" to 08/15 RomCom.
Bradley Cooper's, Jennifer Lawrence's and Robert DeNiro's performances are of course great. So is Russel's directing and the cinematography. I espacially enjoyed the dance scene.
It's a good movie over all and I don't regret watching it. I'm excited to work my way through Russel's filmography.
Okay, it was good, and Jennifer Lawrence was good, but like... did the Academy Award voters even WATCH Emmanuelle Riva in Amour???
If there’s a recent film with a particular aesthetic that really strikes me as what I’d like to achieve with my work, it’s David O. Russell's wonderful Silver Linings Playbook. It has the raw, energetic vitality and subjectivity of a Scorsese picture, and yet the camerawork isn’t nearly as stylized and polished. It’s all handheld and ideal for capturing the brilliant comic and dramatic timing of the actors. Russell is the rare filmmaker who lets an ensemble shine to its fullest while also making bold and powerful directorial choices with camera. It’s unlikely that a film like Silver Linings Playbook will ever win many awards for its cinematography – this is not a sweeping epic, but an intimate film –…
A mediocre drama starring Jennifer Lawrence.
Still perfect! 👍🏻
My third viewing.
Silver Linings Playbook would quite likely be a bad film in the hands of a lot of directors but David O. Russell makes it good by keeping it moving along at a breakneck clip and skirting around and over the many unbelievable and contrived elements of the story. Bradley Cooper is the MVP of the film. It feels like everything hangs on his performance and he shoulders that weight easily, delivering a character who's completely unique and fascinating.
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