Certainly Best Picture worthy material here...that is, until the dust settles from the opening twenty minutes. The film's first twenty minutes are a chore to watch, with Bradley Cooper's character coming off as too jarring and annoying to root for. Once he engages with Jennifer Lawrence's character, however, the two put forth the performances of their careers. Several clever plot twists keep the audience member entertained and focused on the plot's development as Cooper's character goes from annoying to tolerable to completely likeable, while Lawrence's character drives the entire plot with scene after scene of emotive acting. An incredible film, albeit one that stumbles out of the gate, but makes absolutely sure to blaze through the finish line.