“You gotta pay attention to signs. When life reaches out with a moment like this it’s a sin if you don’t reach back….”
– Pat Solitano, Sr.
Filmmaker David O’ Russell’s is known for his directing of such movies as Three Kings & I Heart Huckabees. His last directorial work, The Fighter, has garnered critical acclaim as well as taken home some gold. Such is the case for his latest film, Silver Linings Playbook. But are all of these reviews accurate?
Months after a severe aggravated assault lands him in mental institution, a plea bargain allows Pat Solitano to be released in an effort to get his life back together. However, as he is trying to piece his life together, he meets Tiffany, a fiery young woman plagued with her own problems. In a twisted quirk of fate, they end up helping each other through their trials as they strive to find the silver linings in their lives.
The acting in Silver Linings Playbook was stellar. Whether it was Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence or Robert DeNiro on screen, each actor brought the energy on screen. And how could you go wrong by adding Chris Tucker to the mix?
It was one of the few times that the on screen chemistry between the cast felt completely raw & organic. It felt less like an acting cast & more like the performers were part of a family or small community, which really works well in the scope of the movie.
The story & writing in Silver Linings Playbook was brilliant. It allowed the actors to accentuate these lines and make us feel for the keeps character. Other than from a film structure standpoint, the story & writing is grounded in realism.
Being a football fan, I can appreciate the connections that the characters seem to have. If you’re a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, you could enjoy these nuances even more than I did. (Go Giants!) The reality that you feel from the plot of the movie as well as the acting makes this one of those movies that keeps you interested throughout the entire movie.
The only gripe that I have with this movie is that it overused a certain camera trick, which made the introductory part of the movie a bit distracting. However, I found that it did not bother me as much once I got in to the movie.
Also, be aware that the movie has many intense moments (some very emotional moments as well as a few physical moments), some spicy language (including a couple of racial epithets) and flashes of brief nudity.
I personally thought that the film title is a bit false advertising as it should be gold instead of silver. Silver Linings Playbook is a great film that shows the emotional journey that the main character makes. It has stellar acting as well as plenty of emotional moments that keep you interested throughout the entire film as you feel for these characters. A-
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