Monday, 11 February 2013

Film Review: "Silver Linings Playbook" (2013).




"… When life reaches out at a moment like this it's a sin if you don't reach back, I'm telling you its a sin if you don't reach back! It'll haunt you the rest of your days like a curse. You're facing a big challenge in your life right now at this very moment, right here…" Which is the essence of Silver Linings Playbook. This romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by David O. Russell, adapted from the novel of the same name by Matthew Quick. After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Pat is determined to rebuild his life. All Pat's parents want is for him to get back on his feet and to share his family's obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. She offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them.

The film stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, with Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher and Julia Stiles in supporting roles. The performances in this film were brilliant, exhilarating, humorous and surprising. But none of this works without some carefully developed, and perfectly pitched performances from the leads, and Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, who both arguably give career best, awards-worthy performances. I never felt more interested in a couple in a romantic comedy before. The chemistry between Cooper and Lawrence makes them a delight to watch, their spiky rapport failing to conceal a mutual attraction. They drove the film forward and made it interesting and unpredictable. Plus they added very quirky, adult comedy which was needed and appreciated from the both of them. The performances of these actors are reason enough to go. The reason to stay is Lawrence. Just 21 when the movie was shot, Lawrence is that rare young actress who plays, who is, grown-up. Robert De Niro has given the finest dramatic role in his career in years! He was also interesting and surprising. This also applies to the rest of the cast including; Weaver, Kher and Stiles. Lastly, Chris Tucker gave his funniest and memorable performance since the Rush Hour films. It was nice to see him again. I enjoyed all the performances were incredible and amazing!

Silver Linings Playbook is a whacked-out romantic comedy about a young man's journey to get his life back on track takes any number of unexpected turns, most of them bitingly funny. The neurotic frenzy threatens to annoy, but Russell's edgy, abbreviated style generates farcical comic friction without sacrificing character. Boasting a clever title, this is an inspired piece of lunacy about sociology versus psychology, with terrific performances from Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

Simon says Silver Linings Playbook receives:


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