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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…
Jennifer Lawrence in her Oscar winning role, Bradley Cooper showing there is more to him than just being one of the guys from the Hangover and Robert De Niro acting again all in all one heck of a film.
Wretchedly boring, predictable, and played out.
I just really like it, and it makes me happy and stuff. I'm sorry (I'm not sorry).
It's difficult to understand why this film got the reception it did on release. It's a pretty good romantic comedy with the twist of involving bi-polar disorder. No more than that.
I found Bradley Cooper to be a little charmless and some of the scenes only half worked. The script and direction are good in places, but pointless in others, Russell twirls his camera around but you often wonder why. Showy?
The shining light is Jennifer Lawrence. Loved by the camera, she is much the more charming of the central couple. Difficult to take your eyes off her when she's on the screen.
Robert De Niro is good, but you know he's coasting.
Overall, it hits all the usual Rom-Com notes but nothing more.
I can see why this David O. Russell joint is rightfully considered a modern classic, and I have to agree. One of my reasons would be Russell's handling of the characters. He makes Bradley Cooper's flawed protagonist self-aware as to know what he's going through (Cooper is bi-polar in this film). Russell never mocks the seriousness of mental illness but he's still getting laughs out of his characters and situations. It's tough, but a fully-confident Russell pulls it off with stellar results. Second and most importantly, Russell's ability to blend drama and comedy is way more refined here than it ever was in "I Heart Huckabees". The jokes are actually funny and the drama is legit. We really do care…
Still just as good as the first time.
在雲霧間尋覓光芒（The Silver Linings），方為重新書寫幸福劇本（Playbook）的關鍵契機。「正常的精神病患」與「不正常的平凡眾生」，兩個「瘋子」的愛情追逐，朗朗照見了水泥叢林中「理性」和「瘋癲」的分野模糊。
I don't really feel it deserved either of the two supporting nominations, but Cooper and Lawrence were great in it.
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