Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
January 21, 2013 1 Comment
Directed by: David O. Russell (I would have to go with Three Kings as his best movie, though he has directed many quality pictures)
Written by: David O. Russell, based on “The Silver Linings Playbook” by Matthew Quick
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher, Shea Whigham, Julia Stiles, John Ortiz, Dash Mihok, and Brea Bee.
What it’s about: fresh out of a psychiatric institution, a guy tries to re-connect with his former life and finds new things
B-Movie Alternate Title: Shall We Dance 2
What I liked: If the entire movie was just Jennifer Lawrence doing.. whatever, I’d have been happy with the end result. She is wonderful, talented, amazing and I will stop right there, because I could go on and on about how she is the greatest thing since Amy Adams to me and it would just get weird and awkward for all of us and hey let’s end this sentence sometime soon. Bradley Cooper was great, definitely deserved his Best Actor Oscar nom for his performance, same with Lawrence. Whatever director David O. Russell did to make Robert De Niro an actor again, that shit should be bottled, because finally, he acted again. Jacki Weaver was great too, all the Oscar nominations that went to the movie, totally deserving. You might think that is weird to say for what is essentially a romantic comedy / drama, but it is great. It truly is and I have to go back and say, wow, Jennifer Lawrence, holy fuck, she is just so good, so good in this role. Also, holy shit, Chris Tucker can NOT be annoying! Who knew? And finally, the reaction to finishing “A Farewell to Arms” was pretty much exactly how I felt about it. Fuck that book.
What I disliked: Nothing, I thought it was altogether excellent.
Would I recommend it to anyone?: I would try, though being part of the rom-com/dramedy genre makes it a slight hard sell. ”BUT JENNIFER LAWRENCE come on!” would be my follow up.
Rating: 5 / 5