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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…
Uh I'm retroactively mad at myself for rating this so high what tf. :\
Could this have been the best adaptation of Matthew Quick's novel? Absolutely. But it's not without it's shortcomings. David O. Russell's direction all too often comes off as overly confident, and a little too reminiscent of Martin Scorsese. But the knack he does have is getting the best performances possible out of his cast. Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and without question, Jennifer Lawrence, give their damned best performances. The results are explosive. The fact is, this is an okay movie, turned great through performances alone. I'm not certain if there is any other film in existence that has achieved that much luck.
30 minutes were enough for me, guys.
David O. Russell needs to commit to making character studies. Great performances throughout (especially from Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence), but everything having to do with plot feels forced and out of place (similar to American Hustle). There's one scene in particular that two thirds of the way through the film that is especially egregious, packed to the brim with clunky exposition and dubious motivations. But Cooper and Lawrence (and De Niro) are insanely watchable here.
Really funny movie with interesting characters and dialogues. Cliché ending, but good all the same.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This film is so good!! I've heard wonderful things about this movie and they all are true. It has a completely unexpected plot and you really get invested with the characters and their issues. I do wish the ending was more explained which is why i give it a 4.5 out of 5 but other than that I loved it and the actors. It's not your typical love movie where the characters instantly fall in love but it more of a journey to find your soulmate even though they were with you the entire time type of movie which I happen to really enjoy.
It's a very well written movie with lively acting performances, but the second half of the film slips into largely familiar territory. Since the first half felt so fresh and interesting, it feels like a bit of a missed opportunity. Still, this is a pretty entertaining movie. Jennifer Lawrence deserves all the credit in the world for her work here (as does the rest of the cast).
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