Tom's Review of Silver Linings Playbook
Silver Linings Playbook(2012)
Swanner: I love romantic comedies. Brian knows this...everyone knows it. So when i heard about the film and with it's cast, i was very excited. Early reviews were talking Oscar consideration so my expectations were very high. The film follows Patrick (Bradley Cooper) who has just been released from a mental hospital. Patrick lives with his father (Robert Deniro) and mother (Jacki Weaver) both who add to why Patrick is the way he is. His father is a chronic gambler with ADD and his mom is a big time enabler. Already in the course of the film I'm feeling a bit apprehensive. Patrick was in the institution for beating the man that was having an affair with his wife. He still loves his wife and obsesses about her all through the film. The conflict here (if there weren't enough) is that Patrick meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) who has a few problems of her own and as in any good romcom they are perfect together even if they don't know it themselves . At this point I'm feeling nervous. I can deal with people with emotional problems but when things turn violent...i find myself withdrawing from the story and violence does escalate a few times.
The film was written and directed by David O. Russell (The Fighter) based on the novel by Matthew Quick. Russell keeps the action moving and the dialog is brilliantly written and acted. There is scene that Jenifer Lawrence has where she reminded me of a young Rosaline Russell in His Girl Friday. She machine guns out a speech so well that she's certain to get an Academy Award nomination and is probably the front runner in that field. The film is a pretty good romcom but it really goes further than that. First,it's themes make it more of a drama but still there are plenty of laughs. They are also dealing with more than "you're dating my boss who I'm really in love with" storylines. That's where my biggest problem with the film comes in to play, the manic behavior of the characters. I don't like physical conflicts. If there's a fight, i leave . I know it's just a movie but the film is so well made i started feeling like someone in the room and that made me not want to be there. All that being said it really is a good movie. The main cast of the film could easily get Oscar nods and the writing is as i said before...brilliant. The themes are heavy so if you're like me you might want to avoid the film but I'm glad i saw it.