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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…
A sound tale of two unsound characters, Silver Linings Playbook is a tightly structured & wonderfully scripted film by David O. Russell which manages to work on the better side of the silver lining between predictably boring & predictably interesting and the one thing which made sure that happens is the overall performances by its entire cast.
The story concerns a former school teacher named Pat who, after his stint at a medical institution, moves back in with his parents in their Philadelphia home and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife & get his life back. But all his plans soon go for a toss when he meets Tiffany, a girl with problems of her own, as the two embark on a love/hate…
In an era in which it is tough to find a film where you genuinely feel for each and every character David O' Russell's Silver Linings Playbook restores faith in the fact that it can still be done. It is a film that tell's a love story through the unique lens of mental illness. This unique lens allows us to look at things we take for granted such as relationships and day to day life in a way that shows how complex and difficult they can actually be. While at the same time showing how important it is to have these relationships because everyone needs the love and support of others to get through life. Wether it be dealing with…
I watched this film a year ago and was really disappointed with it. Looking through my film collection today I decided to give it another spin thinking if I had the same experience again, I would just sell it.
As it happens, I really quite enjoyed it.
You know this is going to be an interesting film when the stars play crazy people.
Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) has just been released from a mental hospital and moves back in with his parents so that he can get his life back in order. He wants to try to get back together with his ex-wife even though she has put a restraining order on him. The problem with Pat is that he's bi-polar. And his parents aren't much help, especially his father (Robert DeNiro) who's completely consumed by the Philadelphia Eagles. But then, he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a young sex-addict whose husband has recently passed away, and she changes everything for Pat.
The story for this film plays…
What a movie. Not that its perfect, but its just. its fairly unique i feel, both in its portrayal of mental health, least in the first half or so, and the acting talent involved. Bradley Cooper plays Pat, a man with undiagnosed bipolar who comes home from work early one day, and finds his wife sleeping with another. Pat then nearly beats him to death, and is sectioned as part of a plea bargain, until his mother gets him out, although we see this section of the film only in flashbacks, till his mother rescues him. into this mix is thrown Jennifer lawrence as tiffany, a damaged young woman who recently lost her husband in a car crash.
Phony? Most definitely, provided the movie was seriously aiming to delve into the lives of the mentally ill. On the other hand, would we prefer a straight arrow depiction of bipolar disorder? Russell again turning familial dynamics into spinning theatricality. In this case we get the Philly rough housing method of affection heaped in contrived set-ups and inevitable pay-offs, but it's lively, the dialogue firing so briskly that I never found time to breath between the minor chuckles. Plenty here to dislike, such as an obligatory description of "A Farewell to Arms" so as to instill an intelligible core to the underdog template. Yet, likability goes a long way for me these days, and Cooper's incessant crusade against needless negativity - extended to Hemingway - had me convinced of Russell's optimism, especially compared to something like Spanking the Monkey, which is tougher but also fuming with disgust.
This movie should not work as well as it does.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I've been waiting quite awhile to see this movie, as the original version with subtitles wasn't showing near me AND you can only buy it on iTunes, my source for films.
I really enjoyed the movie: its suburban view of a state I've never been, its soundtrack, and the banter between the characters was fun to watch. Starting to see what all the fuss about Bradley Cooper is, as I first started noticing him after listening to the Flop House Podcast's classic episode on LIMITLESS.
A fantastically wonderful film filled with sharp, sizzling dialogue, authentic and raw emotional moments, and two fantastic lead performances.
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