Max's Review of Silver Linings Playbook
Silver Linings Playbook(2012)
"Silver Linings Playbook" rounded out my trio of rentals this week because there aren't yet any films from this year that I thought would be good enough to offset "Die Hard 5" and "Gangster Squad". And it turns out I made a very good choice indeed! :D I loved it!
I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking mental illness is a very delicate subject, but I don't think any movie should be interpreted as a parable. I think of this more as a character study of two people helping each other to stand on their own two feet again. (I have heard from Film Brain, though -- whom you can usually trust considering how meticulously he researches these things -- that it's a pretty realistic depiction of mental illness.)
It's also astonishingly well acted across the board -- including, surprisingly, Chris Tucker! :)
I was thoroughly enjoying the movie... up until near the end, when the DVD started skipping to the point where I couldn't watch any more! :( Imagine my frustration! You know, that *really* pisses me off! Why can't people take good care of DVDs they rent? They're supposed to be public property! Letting a disc get scratched up is downright insensitive to anyone else who wants to rent it! So my final comment is a resounding "fuck you" to whomever let the DVD end up in that state!
But even though I haven't yet seen the ending, I think I can quite safely say that, had I caught this during 2012 itself, it would definitely have been on my favourite movies of the year list -- top three easily.
My rating: 90%