David O. Russell’s films as of late have been fantastic, but I haven’t always been sold on him. Three Kings and The Fighter failed to impress me, but Silver Linings Playbook onward have all been huge winners.
This... is way different than anything I was expecting from Russell. It plays to surrealism, like a weird offbrand Eternal Sunshine. And while I enjoyed the nostalgic trip back to 2004’s social issues and quirkiness, I wasn’t digging the plot. It’s largely nonsense, with a few sincere moments.