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Silver Linings Playbook (DVD)
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Silver Linings Playbook (DVD)
Date: 21/01/13, updated on 21/01/13 (61 review reads)
Advantages: great acting with a strong support cast, funny and also insightful
Disadvantages: nothing major
(Film only review)
Pat: You have poor social skills. You have a problem.
Tiffany: I have a problem? You say more inappropriate things than appropriate things.
This film has garnered a lot of attention from the Academy awards with eight nominations in total, including best picture and nominations in all four acting categories. I was interested in it as it tackles an issue which is quite sensitive in mental health which I have experience of myself. It is based on the book by the same name by Matthew Quick. The film is classed as a romantic comedy drama and stars Bradley Cooper (Hangover) and relative newcomer Jennifer Lawrence in the main roles. There is also a part played by Robert De Niro with supporting roles coming from the likes of comedian Chris Tucker and Julia Stiles. The film was released initially in September 2012.
Bradley Cooper plays Pat Solitano who has just been released from a mental institution after being inside for eight months on a court order. The release is based on a few conditions including him moving back in with his parents Pat Snr (De Niro) and Dolores Solitano (Jacki Weaver). He has lost pretty much everything including his job as a teacher, his wife and his house. He is diagnosed as being bipolar after beating up the lover of his wife Nikki. Since this incident he receives a restraining order preventing him from reconciling with his wife. He aims to get back on track by seeing the silver linings in his life and also by being healthy. He doesn't believe in taking his medication due to how it makes him feel.
He is invited to a dinner by his best friend Ronnie who is married to Veronica (Julia Stiles). Her sister, Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) is also there who has been recently widowed and is a recovering sex addict. She also has mental health issues. Pat wants to get his wife back and tries to do this through Tiffany. Tiffany agrees but only if he becomes her dance partner to take part in a dance competition.
This is a movie which tackles a sensitive and quite real issue in bipolar disorder. It does it though in a quite effective way. There are the predictable mood swings and the angry outbursts as well as some detachment from reality. Bradley Cooper plays one of his most serious roles and he does it very well. It is a serious role as he does have a serious illness but he is very funny also. You can connect to his character and the difficulties he faces as he tries to show his wife that he is doing well so he can win her back.
The support cast is fantastic and they all do a great job. This includes the likes of Pat's father played by De Niro who gives one of his best performances in recent times. Jennifer Lawrence is also great as the troubled young widow who is looking for a new outlet to move on from the death of her husband. She cements herself as one of the hottest actresses of the moment. Chris Tucker also plays a good cameo role as a fellow mental patient who appears from time to time to add a bit of fun.
The film is classed as a romantic comedy but it is unlike many others as it does not follow a clichéd script and dialogue. It is able to appeal to a wide audience and it is not a very typical rom com. It also blurs the lines between comedy and drama. It is quite long coming in at around the two hour mark and it does drag a little in parts but it also packs in a lot.The directing by David David O. Russell is also on point . This is easily one of the best films of 2012 and deserves the accolades it is getting. I would just about give it 5 stars overall.
Directed by: David O. Russell
Produced by: Bruce Cohen
Screenplay by: David O. Russell
Based on The Silver Linings Playbook by
Robert De Niro
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography: Masanobu Takayanagi
Editing by : Jay Cassidy
Running time: 122 minutes
Summary: not your typical rom com and one of the best films of 2012