Sunday, December 30, 2012

Silver Linings Playbook, a Movie Review

The New York Times review of The Silver Linings Playbook states in part, "the exuberant new movie from David O. Russell,  does almost everything right." Generally, I am not a fan of the NYT's Movie Reviews. However, in this case I agree with them, with one small caveat, David O. Russell does everything right in this movie. 

It already has Golden Globe nominations (Best Motion Picture, Best Actor - Bradley, Best Actress - Lawrence, and Best Screen Play) and Oscar buzz and there is a reason why. This is a dramatic story combined with great comedic moments with a love story tangled inside it. If you are confused and think I am crazy then you'll fit right in. 

Bradley Cooper plays the lead (Pat)  trying to deal with bi-polar issues, anger management, and a local restraining order from his estranged  wife. At any given moment something (a song, a memory) can launch an internal trigger that unleashes instant destructive anger in him.

Jennifer Lawrence plays a policeman's widow (Tiffany) with a loose reputation trying to deal with her husband's death. She is not scared of showing her emotions. I expected her to pull out a bow and arrow at anytime and it would all be over but the crying. 

Robert De Niro and Jackie Weaver play Pat's parents helplessly trying their best to make Pat "better" but not sure what they should be doing to accomplish that. 

An example of a humorous scene is when Pat and Tiffany, in the middle of a dinner party, start comparing all the drugs they have been prescribed during their treatments and their various side effects. And, as everyone else at the table is totally lost, these two each find someone they can relate to - almost like being deep in rural  China where you haven't understood anything someone has said for weeks and suddenly a stranger approaches you speaking English.

But, it's not that simple. Like life, nothing is. However in this case one must add mental health issues, family situations, and reality. My DH's comment as we stood up to leave the theater, "I'm glad you made me come see this movie. It was excellent." (Out of 4 really good movie choices I appealed for this one over his disinterest because he had never heard of it, and, perhaps, my lame description of the plot did not help.)

If you haven't figured it out by now, I highly recommend this movie. 

1 comment:

Linda Medrano said...

This sounds pretty interesting. I think I'd like it too.