Director: David O. Russell
Writers: David O. Russell (Screenplay), Matthew Quick (Novel)
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Julia Stiles
Silver Linings Playbook is an extremely interesting and roaringly
funny dramatic comedy. It features some of the best performances of the
year, some of the most entertaining characters of the year, and is
overall one of the best movies made in 2012. It’s unpredictable, and
hits its punchlines with perfect comic timing. This is a movie you can
watch over and over without ever getting bored of it.
The story follows Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper), who moves back in with his parents (De Niro, Weaver) after
a stint in a mental institution. His goal is to reconcile with his
ex-wife, and try to find the ‘silver lining’ in life. Things get really
interesting when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a
mysterious girl with serious problems of her own. They both have
several mental issues, which becomes the foundation on which their
Jennifer Lawrence absolutely blew me away with her
performance, which is certainly Oscar worthy. She peaked my interest
more than any other character, and I found myself holding on to the hope
that she finds happiness. I loved her character dearly. Bradley Cooper surprisingly gave a great performance too. DeNiro is one of the greatest actors of all time, and his performance in Silver Linings Playbook only reaffirms that status. It’s one of the best roles I’ve seen him play, and he thoroughly deserved his Oscar nomination. Jacki Weaver was also brilliant playing the role of Pat’s mother.
I’m a big fan of movies that are a little unorthodox, which is
exactly what this movie is. It’s your typical romantic comedy, with such
an interesting dramatic aspect thrown into it. The thing that turns
this story into something extraordinary is the mental issues that the
main characters have to live with. It shows that just about everyone has
something wrong with them, however, some people are better at hiding
it. The scene where Pat has finished reading Hemingway
is not only hilarious, it also introduces the issues he has in a very
powerful way. He is bipolar, and freaks out when things are not happy or
going his way.
The best thing about Silver Linings Playbook? It’s a
downright entertaining movie. It’s not the best Comedy/Drama/Romance,
but it is a brilliant movie to be included into all the genres. I loved
it, and I think that many others will too.