I had heard a lot about this film prior to watching it, a lot of the film reviewers I watch on YouTube were talking about it, but I decided to stay away at first because I wasn’t really interested. But when I found myself last week needing to check out a film, Silver Linings Playbook came up and decided to give in and see what the deal was and I am glad I did because this film is great!
So the premise for this film goes like this:
“After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.”
I really enjoyed the story in this film, I thought it was beautiful and incredibly heartfelt. The way the film presents issues of mental illness and marital problems is impressive and I loved how serious the film was but how it could also be really funny at the same time. When the film was serious it made for emotional and turbulent scenes between not only Pat and Tiffany, but also Pat and his parents. I loved Pat’s story and I liked how he and Tiffany interacted, it was interesting the way they found each other, how they opened up to each other and then affected each other’s lives. This was written and directed very well by David O. Russell.
Besides the really touching story, this film is all about its characters, and boy are they good. I mean this film was going to succeed or fail based on the two lead performances, thankfully they are both equally brilliant! Let’s start with Bradley Cooper as Pat, to be honest I never knew he was capable of such amazing acting, he was really great in this film. He was absolutely fabulous as Pat giving us a performance which was not only really convincing but also very versatile too. And then there’s Jennifer Lawrence, my god this girl can act! I fell in love with her in X-Men: First Class and enjoyed her in The Hunger Games, but this has to be the best role I’ve seen her in. Her performance as Tiffany was beautiful and touching, I loved the level of emotion Lawrence put into the role, at points you could tell how she felt just by looking at her face and when any actor/actress can display emotions just from their face alone without the use of words then they have true talent. The two them had lovely chemistry and these are probably their best performances of their careers, I hope there are award nominations heading their way because they truly deserve them.
I thought that Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver were lovely as Pat Solitano, Sr. and as Dolores Solitano, they were lovely as Pat’s parents and added some charm, humour and drama to the story when they were involved. I also thought that Anupam Kher as Dr. Patel had some pretty good scene too and it was great to Shea Whigham from Boardwalk Empire here as Jake Solitano too. Then there was John Ortiz as Ronnie who I enjoyed watching and lastly Chris Tucker as Danny was great, this must be the tamest role I’ve ever seen him in. He was so down-to-earth, reserved and calm when compared to all of his other crazier roles in most of the films I’ve seen him in.
In conclusion Silver Linings Playbook was a beautiful film that I enjoyed watching very much. While it didn’t make me reach the same emotional peak that I did with The Perks of Being A Wallflower, it was still beautiful and had perfect central performances from Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. I would recommend this film highly to anyone and I’m hoping to see it again in the cinema sometime soon.
So have you seen this film? If you have whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comment section below and I’ll see you on the next review! 😀