Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Silver Linings Playbook

28 January 2013

IMDB: 8.2/10(222 on the Top 250 list)
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%(critics) 91%(audience)
Roger Ebert: 3.5/4

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Julia Styles.
Directed By: David O. Russell
Written By: David O. Russell(screenplay), Matthew Quick(novel)

Release Date: 21 November 2012
Described by IMDB as: "
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. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own."

I watched this movie earlier this week online because of all of the nominations and wins it got at the Golden Globes. I had planned on watching it in theatres when it was released in November, but it hadn't been released here so I assumed it would never be. I thought this until yesterday when it was finally released here, so tonight my friend and I went to see it tonight, her first time, my second. I'm so glad I did because I actually got quite a bit more out of it then I did the first time. I think it was mostly because I wasn't fully watching it, I was doing other things at the same time, so I missed a few things.

This movie was hilarious, heartbreaking, enlightening, and heartwarming. There wasn't a single character (besides Nikki obviously) that wasn't endearing and interesting. I found that the character development was also very well done, and I think that the acting really helped out in that. Pat(Bradley Cooper) is a really great character, I found him very unique and complex, which I find is the best part of books being made into films, there tends to be  better character development. I really liked his quirkiness and how he was completely oblivious to himself. Tiffany(Jennifer Lawrence) is an equally complex character, and I think it was easy to see how much she needed to feel loved. I really liked how open they were with each other, they knew they had nothing to hide, they could just be themselves 100% and they didn't need to change for each other. 

The acting in this film was so good. Bradley Cooper has been in a couple of serious roles now, but none have shown his acting abilities like this one. He was so much more then a pretty face in this one, and I think thats fantastic for him, I really think this movie will open all doors for him and I'm really happy for him about that. He was really amazing as Pat, you couldn't help but just adore him. Robert De Niro was also very impressive in this film, not that he needed to prove himself, but damn, he still has it. But lets be real, it was Jennifer Lawrence who stole the show in this film. Her role as Tiffany was a pretty bizarre one, but a character who is equally as loveable by the end. I've really enjoyed Jennifer since I saw her in her Oscar nominated role inWinter's Bone, which was also a fantastic movie. I'm glad that I had heard of her before she did The Hunger Games, because I was already aware of the fact that she had great talent, and I don't want those movies to be her legacy like it has so far been withKristen Stewart. She's only 22 and this is her second Oscar nomination, unbelievably impressive, and I think that we can all agree that we'll be seeing great things out of her for a long, long time to come. 

I absolutely loved this film. I think I should redo my Top Films of 2012 list because this is definitely up there now. Such an amazing movie. I'm gonna give it a 9/10. I loved everything about it, it genuinely touched me.