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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…
Kinda makes you think that sometimes the crazy ones are the best ones. No filter, no bullshit. They'll give it to you how they want to and how it is. Connected to this one on an emotional level I didn't even think was possible.
The best Romantic Comedy/Drama with mental health issues and Sports & Dance Movie clichés I've seen. 7/10.
Pat is curiously confident and upbeat for a man just released from a mental hospital and under a restraining order from his wife. That's because he's determined to repair the damage he's done to his life and surprise everyone by moving ever onward and upward. His motto is, "Excelsior!" What stage of bipolar disorder would you guess he's in?
At the top of his priority list is rebuilding his marriage with his wife; after they split, he beat up her new boyfriend, but what's past is past. Pat (Bradley Cooper) assures his parents, Pat Sr. and Dolores (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver), that all will be well. They're not so sure. One of the charms of "Silver Linings Playbook,"…
I enjoyed the first half of the movie a lot more than the second half. It got way too feel good at the end, but has some great performances and a well rounded cast.
Silver Linings is the better of the David O Russell/Bradley Cooper/Jennifer Lawrence collaborations. The energy is more subtle (believe it or not) and it doesn't have the "whoah this is so epic" moments that American Hustle is going for. If you go in knowing that this ends up turning into The Cutting Edge, I think you'll appreciate it more. Everyone is great in the film. My only hang up is the therapist and the police officer showing up like all the time but that's a minor hang up.
Eh, Silver Linings Playbook feels like a deluxe rom-com. Good actors, relatable characters, high production value, but in the end, it's still a typical product of hollywood, better than average, but still one amongst many. The ostensible ingenuity wears off quickly. As the story goes on, the film feels less like one that examines mental illness and more like one that uses it as a plot device. Jennifer Lawrence's character, even though well played, just feels off in a part of a widow given her real age. The film treads into total cliched territory towards the end, from the racism part, the parlay, and the happy ending.
I didn't turn my expectations to the top notch going into this movie, and I got what I expected. No complains though, it's a fun and entertaining movie.
I think the first 3/4ths of the movie were a solid portrayal of mental illness and what it puts people through, both victims and those close to them. It was great.
Then the movie turned into Glee. Blech.
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