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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…
The first time I watched this I thought it was okay; I enjoyed it a lot more this second time through looking at it as a drama and not a romantic comedy. Jennifer Lawrence is always great and the dialogue is this film is fantastic--that was what I liked the last time I saw this. I really appreciate the realistic sounding dialogue, the characters sound real. The film does a great job capturing what real people look like.
Everyone was so crazy in here, pretty fun film .
Silver Linings Playbook is a beautiful romantic drama that is smartly written, brilliantly directed, and performed with tons of talent. Two years after the great The Fighter, David O. Russell once again made a great movie out of a very simple plot and he made it by building likeable and ordinary characters who are very easy to relate to.
Bradley Cooper did an amazing job and I think he deserved all the praise he got for his work in this film. Jennifer Lawrence was also fabulous in her role in every possible way. Their chemistry was well achieved and it made the movie really believable.
When the film tried to be funny, I felt it tried a little bit too…
A pleasant removal from the unnecessarily convoluted American Hustle.
David O. Russell likes for his actors to act in a big way with constant rambunctious altercations between the characters. They work for the most part in Silver Linings Playbook with characters who have real problems. The film doesn't delve into the root of these issues, but shows the benefits, and possibly even the cure that is being with people you love.
Russell is surely a talented director, but I can't help but feel like he's trying to prove that to everybody with his camera movements and close ups. Many scenes became jarring because of his refusal to let the camera rest. Both the characters and his camera are so active…
Actually got better with age. My original SoF review: scribehardonfilm.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/silver-linings-playbook-crazy-in-love/
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence Pretend to be Eagles Fans in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’
Getting into Silver Linings Playbook is a slow burn to say the least, but if you stick it out through a few muddled scenes and a half-hour or so of pure boredom, you’ll be rewarded with a charming, fun and heartwarming romantic comedy that, at times, relies on the normal tropes of the popular genre. To boil the plot down to its most basic parts, the film revolves around two mentally unstable people who recently lost the loves of their lives coming together over a series of tragic events usually set up by their own impairments.
The story does a good job of showing how the…
Jennifer Lawrence and her character make this movie. A by the numbers, play it safe picture. Also good to see De Niro not phoning it as he's been doing for almost two decades.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Decent film beside its mayor flaws.
Some thoughts here:
-I've seen American Hustle and this movie by Russell. Overrated as fuck, he is.
-Jennifer Lawrence's character hit Bradley Cooper's character. If it was the other way around he'd probably been looked at as a monster and misogynist. Hypochritical much?
-I would've given their dance a 2.something.
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