Silver Linings Playbook – Film Review

Duration: 2 hr 2 mins

Rating: 15

Release Date(UK): 21 November 2012

Genre: Romance, comedy, drama

Director: David O. Russell

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker…

Description: Pat is a mentally unstable man who has just got out of a mental hospital after a tragic case of his wife cheating on him and him lashing out because of it. Once he gets out he plans on changing his life around for the better, getting back on top of things and most importantly getting better, although he still loves his wife and hopes that she still loves him and he hopes that once he’s got better she’ll feel safe around him again, one of the people to help him achieve this is Tiffany – although Tiffany has her own problems to deal with, she does have a way of contacting Pat’s wife for him, the only thing is she wants something in return.

My Thoughts: I’ve been wanting to watch Silver Linings Playbook ever since it came out in cinemas back in 2012, I remember seeing a trailer for it and thinking it looked good, it was also one of the first things Jennifer Lawrence was in after her appearance in the first Hunger Games and I was interested to see her play a role other than Katniss Everdeen.

There was this one scene where Pat (Bradley Cooper) was reading Earnest Hemmingway and he didn’t like the ending of the book so he threw it out of the window after cursing and went and had a rant about it to his parents at three in the morning and it made me laugh because that’s exactly the kind of thing I sometimes wish I could do when I’ve read a book and really disliked or disagreed with something in the book, and I would do it too, if it wasn’t socially unacceptable and disruptive to wake your parents in the middle of the night to rant about how a book ended.

I, as always was really impressed with Jennifer Lawrence’s performance. She was really believable and I feel like she just completely owns every role she has, it seems to come so naturally to her and sometimes I just have to remind myself that she’s acting but because she does it so believably it’s hard to remember that she’s not actually like any of the characters she portrays.

As for Bradley Cooper, I can’t think of anything I’ve seen with him in besides this so I can’t compare roles but I was still very impressed with his performance, I feel like Pat was probably quite a difficult character to play and I think Bradley Cooper played the part really well, he too was really believable. And the way Jennifer and Bradley worked together was really good, I could feel the chemistry between them and I don’t know whether it was just the acting or whether they actually get on in real life but I’m assuming they do as they’ve been in lots more films together since, and I think you could really see how well they worked together and I really enjoyed watching them on the same screen.

If you have read my other film reviews you will know that I really care about the characters and how many there are and that there needs to be enough to keep it interesting, and to be honest this film didn’t have a lot of characters with very crucial parts but something that made this film different and special was I think it was interesting because it didn’t have a lot of characters, it was interesting because it was more focused on Pat and Tiffany and their relationship and their lives and their road to recovery together and I thought it was good, usually in romantic comedies it’s annoying and cheesy when it’s just about them and they’re doing goofy romantic stuff together but this wasn’t like that at all, and for the first time in film history (or in my film history at least) I preferred this film for not having a lot of characters.

There were moments when it could be funny and I know it was supposed to be funny, that was the intention but I felt bad when I laughed because the funny parts were kind of related to the characters being mentally ill and so I felt like I was laughing at the fact that someone was mentally ill and that’s not right. Because they can’t help that they behave like that, but there were moments when it was supposed to be funny. There were also moments when it was racist, sexist and probably pretty offensive to mentally ill people too and unfortunately and shamefully I managed to over look this and I shouldn’t have and I still don’t think that it’s right and the film would have been better for not including those offensive bits but I’m not going to view the film badly because of those couple of errors, because unfortunately in the society we live in you will probably always be able to find something offensive in a film.

I really loved the dancing aspect of the film, one of the reasons is because I love to dance myself and I do loads of different dancing (although I’m not very good at it and lots of it is on the Nintendo Wii) and another reason is because I find it really mesmerizing and satisfying to watch because I always wish that I could dance like that and I like to learn from their routines and moves. And it’s just really inspiring, you know like those little things that just inspire you? Like it doesn’t even inspire me to dance necessarily just inspires me in general.

There was a common feature of the film which was playing the music louder than the dialogue in scenes of anger or frustration and at first I thought that maybe there was something wrong with my laptop or the disc that was making the sound funny and maybe there is but it happened quite a few times so I’m going to say that it was supposed to happen and at first I thought it was quite weird and annoying but the next time I heard it happen I thought it was quite clever actually and I think it added some real atmosphere to the scenes that wouldn’t have been there if they hadn’t done that to the sound.

This was different from other romantic comedies, because the obvious cheesy romantic trashy stuff that usually happens in all romantic comedies didn’t happen in this and it was better and more original because of it.

5/5 stars.

If you have seen this film and would like to share your thoughts on it then please leave your thoughts in the comments section below this review. If you’ve written your own review of the film then you are more than welcome to leave a link in the comments and I’ll make sure to check it out! If you haven’t seen this film but you’re planning to, remember this review and come back and share your thoughts then! I would be really interested to know what other people think!

Warnings: Alcohol consumption, swearing, sexual references, a very brief sexual scene, scenes of kissing, medical pills are taken, some scenes of violence, some scenes might be upsetting, the film itself is quite deep in it’s content. For full details click the link to the IMDb Parental Guide: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1045658/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg

Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information on the film and cast click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1045658/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Other Information: After the release of Silver Linings Playbook a film tie-in (a book version of the film) was written by author Matthew Quick, you can buy the book here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1447219899?keywords=Silver%20Linings%20Playbook&qid=1452293995&ref_=sr_1_2&sr=8-2

 

 

 

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