Sunday, 8 September 2013

'Silver Linings Playbook' Film Review

'Silver Linings Playbook' is a film adaptation from the novel of the same name by Matthew Quick. 

Pat (Bradley Cooper) returns home from a mental institution for violent behavior due to his bipolar disorder. He is desperately trying to reconcile with his wife who has left him, but when he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), sister of his best friend's wife, who is recently widowed with problems of her own, they form a strange friendship that with their co-operation might lead Pat back to his wife and Tiffany to winning a dance competition.

The themes of the movie are pretty serious and in this way make the movie deep and meaningful. The relationships and character dynamics are strongly executed and portrayed, especially between Pat and his parents, Pat's longing to be with his wife and then Pat and Tiffany's relationship. However, the pace of the film was a tad slow and the plot I felt was a bit random.

The success of the movie definitely lies in the complexity of themes, relational dynamics and the cast, which pulls all of these things together. As the movie reaches a climax, there is a strong and emotional scene which Jennifer Lawrence completely steals and captures our attention in. 

Unfortunately, the ending was somewhat predictable and cliched, with a romantic comedy/drama feel to it. Whilst it is the happy ending we all expect, it lacked a depth and drama that would've kicked it up a notch.

Bradley Cooper- Pat
Jennifer Lawrence- Tiffany

Also stars Robert DeNiro, Julia Stiles and Chris Tucker.

Both Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence deliver a performance of a lifetime in 'Silver Linings', playing uniquely different characters, each with their own mental and social problems. Lawrence is diverse, emotional yet funny and definitely deserved her Academy Award for this role and shared an awkward chemistry with Cooper in one of his most serious performances to date. 

Nominated for 8 Academy Awards, 'Silver Linings Playbook' was definitely one of the potential heavyweights at this year's Oscars, but only won one for Jennifer Lawrence's performance, which reflects somewhat accurately of the movie itself. 

Though an overall strong and thoughtful piece, the pace is slow and at times does not flow very smoothly, with the dull plot lifted by the performance of the two leads which is really the reason I watched this to begin with. I shan't go as far as to say that I was bored, but at 122 minutes long, I was definitely anticipating the outcome, which had an unfortunate romcom predictability. 

1 comment:

  1. Silver Linings Playbook is defined by the positive decisions that are made in the face of imperfection, desperation, and the desolate wasteland of your world in pieces.


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