Matt's Review of Silver Linings Playbook
Silver Linings Playbook(2012)
"The Silver Linings Playbook" really shouldn't be as good as it is. It deals with some tricky material (mental illness), but pulls it off with exceptional deft, giving us an extremely delightful film that (pardon the cliché) works on so many levels. Bradley Cooper gives his best performance to date as a mentally ill man trying to get his life back together, and Jennifer Lawrence is simply alluring in her role as the young woman who, despite her own mental challenges, agrees to help him on his quest.
It is entirely charming despite its gritty exterior, and the characters feel real and compelling. And for a drama film with some dark subject material, there's a surprising amount of humor here. The only downside is when this near-perfect story comes to a halt with a hackneyed ending. But I'll forgive it, since I really didn't even want to see this movie end by the time it did. That's how much I became attached to these characters. All in all, "The Silver Linings Playbook" is an emotionally satisfying and simply told story, a meaningful film about remaining positive even when life gets hard.
(Content Warning: Strong Language and Mature Themes)