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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…
São filmes assim que nos lembram quão bom é amar o cinema. São filmes assim que lembram por quê saímos de casa e enfrentamos um trânsito e filas pra fica sentado olhando para uma tela. São filmes assim que, nas boas atuações e no roteiro sólido e maduro, entram para o hall dos "por quê amamos cinema". O Lado Bom da Vida mostra, com muita clareza, o lado bom do cinema.
As far as romantic comedies go (and let's not kid ourselves into thinking this is anything BUT rom-com), Silver Linings Playbook does a good job. The very fact that the characters don't feel like cardboard cutouts alone shoots this to the top of the rom-com totem pole. That we also get a great performance from Lawrence and a surprisingly not-Bradley Cooper performance from Cooper helps significantly, too.
Kind of would have preferred less sports--living in Eagles territory made the constant green and cheers nauseating. Luckily, however, this isn't a sports movie; it just features some big sports fans as side characters. Which is basically almost 100% like real life.
I wonder if seeing 'American Hustle' first influenced my perceptions of this film, but I found the central performances to be so loud and broad that I couldn't ever buy into the film's world. Lawrence and Cooper have real talent, and their chemistry together is palpable, but David O. Russell seems to bring out the worst in both of them. The script is undercooked, and the film tries to compensate by spicing things up with a whole lot of yelling and some dancing. Nobody in the film feels like a real person, and the stakes never feel particularly consequential as a result. Everyone involved is capable of making something much better.
this is a messed up film.
It took more than an hour and a half to finally shape up into something watch-able and that too wasn't really worth it. The first 60 minutes of this movie is flat and loud. It failed to strike an emotional chord, all through the movie.
I liked a couple of scenes that involved Robert DeNiro and the father-son scenes were naturally good.
Two people carried this film and prevented it to look awfully bad, Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper.
About Jennifer Lawrence; I have never seen an Oscar winning performance as mediocre as this one. I can't believe they snubbed Jessica Chastain's powerful performance in "Zero Dark Thirty" for this.
David O Russell's last 3 films "The Fighter", "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle" collectively received 25 nominations and won just 3 of them. This looks very manipulative to me. :/
Silver Linings Playbook is a conventional romantic comedy. In the eyes many, this conjures images of a film that is mediocre at best, if not downright embarrassing to watch. However, by taking well known characters and plot and executing them brilliantly, Silver Linings playbook defies convention by giving us a conventional romantic comedy that is actually good.
Silver Lining's plot is its most obviously conventional element. It matches the three act structure to the last detail. Every plot point and pinch point is obvious and predictable in its placement. What sets these moments apart is their timing. The film is paced as to perfectly manipulate the audience's emotions, making us remember why the three act structure is such a staple…
What a wonderful movie. It could have been hideous in the wrong hands. It's basically Rocky meets When Harry Met Sally. Fabulous stuff.
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