Neum's Review of Silver Linings Playbook

  • 22 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
    Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

    The first 2/3's of Silver Linings Playbook was actually somewhat endearing / interesting, creating a couple of believably flawed characters (Cooper and Lawrence) that, through sheer force of a cliched narrative, still had the audience intrigued by how they would react to each new situation. Then, through a pivotal sequence of a football game and a living room scene thereafter, the producers seemed to hijack the script and the movie became everything one might've cynically expected of it from the outset. Stakes are raised, almost artificially, and the delicate world these interestingly-drawn characters dwell in becomes a single-minded game. Background characters and their baggage or relationships? They're now comic supporting crew. This movie simply becomes, well, a whole mess of adjectives, all pointing basically to it being thoroughly unremarkable. It's not that Silver Linings Playbook is entirely unlikeable. It's just that the film ultimately doesn't rise above its own formula, succumbing to every crowd-pleasing contrivance in the home stretch that leaves a distaste for just about anything that occurred. Silver linings my ass. That was far too easy.

    Acting was fine, but nobody involved with this production deserves any kind of Oscar consideration. The movie needed to cool it on the speed zoom-ins and pan-outs, too.

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