Rishi's Review of Silver Linings Playbook
Silver Linings Playbook(2012)
" Silver Linings Playbook " is truly got to be one of the best films I have seen this year. Coming from David O' Russel who seems to be on a roll after that misstep of a few years ago called " I heart Huckabees " this is quiet a departure from his memorable " The Fighter " of two years ago. The story follows the travails of Pat (Bradley Cooper) and Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) both of whom are trying to overcome tragedies that have almost destroyed their lives. Pat is just out of a mental institution after a stint there due to an altercation with his wife's lover that led to the discovery of him having a bipolar disorder. Tiffany is dealing with the death of her fiancee in a rather unconventional manner which I wish not to elaborate on. They discover each other and it is then a typical " I scratch your back, you scratch mine " situation which finally leads to a bond developed between them and then the discovery that they can't do without each other. What starts off as a quirky telling of our rather disturbing times plods along a rather rocky path to a romantic finale and a thoroughly satisfying one at that. This is an actor's film and all player seem to dig in to their parts, old horse Robert De Niro appears as Pat's dad in one of his best performances since God knows when! Cooper truly was a revelation to me, hell ! the guy can act, I just hope he stays away from any more of those " Hangover " garbage and builds on this a la Tom Hanks. Lawrence can hardly disappoint, she is phenomenal! This is a career to watch out for. A thoroughly satisfying fare!