Diego's Review of Silver Linings Playbook
Silver Linings Playbook(2012)
I don't want to get too far into this movie, because it was a romance and... well... f**k romances. But it was good enough, I suppose, mainly due to Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro's performances. It had several flaws, though-- some pretty gaping ones. First off, it's a movie about the mentally ill falling in love. Yaaaay! Still, it handles that situation a lot better than some movies would have. I can't IMAGINE what Michael Bay would have done with that.
Second, the climactic sequence centers around football and dancing. And not just any kind of football: THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES. Those two things basically killed the last half-hour for me. Let's all just have a moment of silence to thank God that the Eagles and the Oakland Raiders didn't play in the Superbowl. People would have DIED. At least, more people than in a usual football game. Hmm...
Finally, the ending was far too Hallmark-y for my taste. I'm sure that if you're the kind of viewer who likes to have the ol' heartstrings tugged, it'll be fine, but not for me. Besides, it's physically impossible for me to feel any emotion over movies after seeing the saddest moment in movie history of all time: Spock's death in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Not joking. There is NOTHING that can rival that.
And so, drumroll please, for the final score of Silver Linings... 7/10 stars. Yeah, it was corny, but it had two of my all-time favorite actors, plus Jennifer Lawrence in yoga pants. So A+!