John's Review of Silver Linings Playbook
Silver Linings Playbook(2012)
Pat (Bradley Cooper) was just released from a Mental Hospital and moves back home with his parents. His one and only goal is to get his marriage repaired and to see his wife again. His good friend introduces him to Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) that's also dealing with a loss.
The biggest problem I have with romantic films is that nobody goes outside of this box they are stuck in. They are all predictable. And the odds are extremely high that our main characters will soon realize that the love of their life has just walked out of the door. And they'll run down the street to catch them, confess their love, kiss and life happily ever after. Will Silver Linings Playbook follow those same guidelines?
Everyone loves Pat but they all think he's crazy. Pat's father played by Robert De Niro is an obsessed football fan that believes that his remote controller needs to be in a certain spot or the Eagles will lose. Some might call him crazy too. Pat's good friend Ronnie (John Ortiz) looks like a happily married guy but on the inside he has to be miserable. If you ask me being miserable and hiding it is definitely crazy. Pat's life is one of the best written stories all year. It's a journey that most can relate too. Recognizing a problem and thinking to ourselves that only " I " have the power to fix it. Running the plan though his head, staying motivated, and letting anything negative go out the other ear. We've all been there at some point. The people that really care about us are trying to help but we see them as a distraction.
I really loved this story and watching each character come to reality by the end of the film. I think Bradley Cooper has a long shot chance at a Oscar nomination. I believe Robert De Niro could see a Supporting Nomination come his way.
Going back to my 2nd paragraph. Does this film follow those same guidelines as the typical romantic films we've all seen 100 times. I'm afraid the answer is yes. And that bothers me the most about this film. I was really hoping we'd see something different for once. Or at least written a different way. But instead the writers took a great story and ended it exactly how we all predicted it would.
I give Silver Linings Playbook... 2 1/2 Stars.