MOVIE REVIEW: SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (2012)Posted: December 29, 2012
Running time: 2 hour, 2 minutes
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker
Director: David O. Russell
I didn’t know what to expect when I sat down to watch this movie. I saw a couple trailers but I still couldn’t figure it out. Here’s my message: Just sit down and go with the ride. Then you’ll see why this movie has strong Oscar buzz for Best Film, Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor. This movie is great!
Silver Linings Playbook is a funny and heartwarming movie about Pat (Cooper), who has bipolar disorder, and Tiffany (Lawrence), who suffers from clinical depression.
At the beginning of the movie Pat is released from a mental healthcare facility, but he doesn’t believe that he needs therapy and medication. He explains the horrible incident that landed him in the treatment facility, but he believes it was a one-time thing and he doesn’t have any anger issues.
Pat meets with his friends Ronnie and Veronica (John Ortiz and Julia Stiles) and in a hilarious dinner scene we are introduced to Tiffany. These two strike up an odd friendship, but they both have ulterior motives. Pat wants to re-unite with his estranged wife but he has a pesky restraining order that prohibits him from approaching her. He learns that Tiffany knows his wife and can contact her, but Tiffany only agrees to help Pat if he helps her first. I’ll let you watch the movie to find out what the deal is, but it’s pretty funny.
I’ve said it twice now, that this movie is funny. And it’s true! The mental health issues are tackled lightly but it still leaves a twinge in your heart because Pat and Tiffany want to be better people but they need help getting there.
Jacki Weaver and Robert DeNiro star as Pat’s parents, Dolores and Pat Sr. DeNiro is wonderful here. I know there’s been complaints about him phoning in some of his more recent roles, but in this movie DeNiro does a great job as a parent who is trying to understand his son, and also a man who is out of a job and trying to find a way to provide for his family.
The biggest kudos goes to Cooper and Lawrence, and their great on-screen chemistry. I was hesitant at first because there’s a big age gap between the two actors. Age isn’t mentioned in the movie though, and it doesn’t matter because this movie sucks you in and keeps you well entertained for 2 hours.
Lawrence is receiving alot of praise because as Tiffany she has a commanding presence on-screen. While Pat is in denial about his actions and behavior, Tiffany is well aware of her shortcomings and she owns up to the bad coping mechanisms that she’s used in the past. She has a defiant ‘This is who I am’ attitude, and I believe Pat respects it because it’s coming from someone who is as damaged as he is. Cooper hams it up on-screen and his portrayal of Pat is both startling and endearing at times.
This is one movie that I can’t wait to buy on DVD, and I see myself watching it many times in the future. I tried to think of one complaint in the storyline or with the characters and I just can’t find one. If you have some downtime during the rest of this holiday season please see this movie. If you have already watched it, let me know what you thought about it!