Wednesday, January 16, 2013

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK | REVIEW


My thoughts, reflections and predictions for ...


SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Director: David O. Russell 
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Julia Styles

NOMINATIONS:
BEST PICTURE
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE - Bradley Cooper
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE - Jennifer Lawrence
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - Robert De Niro
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - Jacki Weaver
DIRECTING - David O. Russell 
FILM EDITING
WRITING ADAPTED SCREENPLAY


Silver Linings Playbook is the story of a man named Patrick who suffers a mental breakdown after witnessing his wife having an affair with another man. The story starts when Pat is just getting out of a mental facility and returning home to get his life and his wife back. He moves back in with his eccentric parents, starts exercising and reading all of the books on a high school syllabus. He is searching for his silver lining. 

Then enters Tiffany. That girl is crazy. And her crazy goes perfectly with Pat's crazy. They form a friendship after Tiffany blackmails Pat into being her dance partner for a competition. Together, they learn to be a little less... well okay...really they learn that being a little crazy isn't such a bad thing. 

When I first heard the nominations for the Oscars, this is the movie that I wanted to see the most. I had seen the trailer and already knew I loved Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. So in hitting up my list of noms...this got an early spot. And I'm so glad I saw it!

This movie is slow paced, but not in a bad way. Not in a bad way at all. The writing is clever, the characters are well portrayed, and the plot is just overall uplifting. Despite vulgar language, the movie is really pretty clean. It gives a very real portrayal of people who kind of have it down in the slumps and the impact of the people who help them get back on their feet again. It isn't depressing. There aren't moments where we feel bad for the characters or are given reasons to dislike them. Really, we just root for their success and laugh along the way as sometimes they go a little batshit crazy. 

As Roommate Cousin said after the movie, "If Bradley Cooper wasn't so attractive, one might say it could have dragged." Which, yes he is very attractive. Love his eyes. She is right in that the casting helped make this movie great. The actors kept it moving even in the scenes that were a little slow. Both Tiffany and Pat have no filter. They say whatever they are thinking, which is often times rude and always pretty hilarious. 

I'm so proud of Bradley Cooper. I first met him as an actor back when he was the sort of nerdy friend in Alias. Now he is a leading star nominated for an academy award. Props to him. 

Jennifer Lawrence first entered the acting scene with her role in Winter's Bone, which she was nominated for an Oscar in 2011. Then we saw her hair dyed and her real name erased as she donned the braid of Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games. She is good in that movie, but I think this movie really showed me once again what a phenomenal actress she is. 

Overall, I loved this movie. See it not because it is nominated, but because it is just a funny and heart warming film. 

Predictions: Too soon to say if it will win the big one, but I am going to throw my vote for J Lawr. I think she deserves the Oscar. And I think it will win for Writing - Adapted Screenplay. We shall see! 



Two movies down seven to go.


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