Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Review

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Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Directed by David O Russell

Starring:
Bradley Cooper
Jennifer Lawrence
Robert De Niro
Jacki Weaver
Anupam Kher
Chris Tucker

Music by Danny Elfman

Running time: 122 minutes

Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia)
Cooper plays Patrizio “Pat” Solitano, a man with bipolar disorder who is released from a psychiatric hospital and moves back in with his parents (De Niro and Weaver). Determined to win back his estranged wife, Pat meets recently widowed Tiffany Maxwell (Lawrence). She tells Pat that she will help him get his wife back if he enters a dance competition with her. The two become closer as they train and Pat, his father, and Tiffany examine their relationships with each other as they cope with their issues.

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My Quickie Opinion:

I’m determined to finish reviewing every single movie that I watched this year before the 1st of January. After this one, I have only 11 left to do. More about that later… But that means I’m going to make these reviews “quickies”.

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I was a tiny bit disappointed with Silver Linings Playbook. It’s one of those where it got a lot of hype when it was out & I was eager to see it but just didn’t manage to while it was in the cinema. I finally saw it a few months ago and… Unfortunately, I just didn’t think it quite lived up to the hype & the Oscar nominations/win.

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I think Jennifer Lawrence is a great young actress & I can’t wait to see her in more & more movies. But an Oscar WIN for this? I don’t know… She’s great in it & I liked her character & her character’s relationship with Bradley Cooper but I think this was a case of rewarding someone that Hollywood wants to see become a bigger & bigger star. Of course, I still haven’t seen any of the other nominees that were up against her (other than Naomi Watts in The Impossible) so I suppose I have no right to an opinion – Lawrence’s performance really may have been the very best one. Don’t freak out, people! Jennifer Lawrence is currently one of my favorite actresses – I’m only saying that I doubt this will be her best role in her whole career. I mean, she was even better in Winter’s Bone. Chill, people! Lawrence IS great in Silver Linings Playbook.

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The best performance, however, was Bradley Cooper’s so it’s unfortunate that he wasn’t the Oscar winner in this film. I know he was up against very stiff competition, though, so he didn’t really have a chance. I’m not a Bradley Cooper fan. I don’t hate him – I just hadn’t really noticed him in anything he’d been in before this. I’m not a fan of movies like The Hangover so it was good seeing him in a very different sort of “actor-y” role. Yes, I said actor-y. God this review sucks. I’m tired. I really liked Cooper in this. Let’s move on.

20131221-120543 pm.jpgThe story itself was decent. Who doesn’t love a movie full of dysfunctional people? Although I just praised Cooper & Lawrence, a lot of the credit also goes to the script (or book, I guess) for creating these memorable characters. Robert De Niro was also very good as Cooper’s equally messed-up father. I prefer De Niro in these sort of roles.

Lawrence, Cooper & De Niro and their relationships with each other were definitely the highlights of the film.The rest of the film, sadly, has already started to fade from my mind three months later. So, yeah – Sorry this isn’t a very in depth review! The main other thing I remember, other than the dance competition which was indeed fun, was lots of football talk. Football football football. Ugh – I hate football! And I didn’t really connect much with any other characters in this beyond the three I’ve mentioned.

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Summary:

Silver Linings Playbook is a decent film with some memorable characters, a good mix of drama & laughs, and very good performances from the lead actors. However, I don’t exactly think it’s an all-time classic that’s up there with some of the other Best Picture nominees in Oscar’s history.

My Rating: 7/10

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A Note From Me:

I hope you enjoyed that sucky quickie review. πŸ™‚ These are the 11 movies I have left to write about – Feel free to put in the comments which movie you’d like to see a sucky quickie review for next. I’ll try to get to all of them!

Shame
Pitch Perfect
Nowhere Boy
Vanishing Point
The Pink Panther (1964)
Fun Size
All Good Things
Sound Of My Voice
Man On A Ledge
The Iron Giant
Big

I’d also like to say I’m sorry for not visiting many blogs in the past month or so. Things have been very hectic & I’m just not finding the time to keep up with reading everyone’s blogs. I’m curious – How do the rest of you keep up? I don’t find the Reader all that easy plus, when you’re a good week or two behind, it’s too much to go through that way. I also don’t want e-mails – they would pile up and it would take me weeks to read them all. I feel like I need to quit my job so I can blog full-time! πŸ˜‰

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34 thoughts on “Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Review

  1. An instant classic? No. One of the best of 2012? Yes. (In fact, it was my number 1 film – though I likely would have given Best Picture to something else, maybe Life of Pi.)

    As to Lawrence. I saw all Oscar nominees in every major category, including hers. The only nominee I thought was even competing with her was Wallis from Beasts of the Southern Wild, but that was primarily because she was so young. Lawrence’s might not be the best performance ever. Maybe not even the best of her career, but I think she deserved her Oscar, given her competition.

    • Oh I FAR preferred this to Life Of Pi. πŸ˜‰ Yeah – I should check out some of the other best actress nominees to compare. Beasts of the Southern Wild is the one I still want to see the most. Lawrence is indeed good in this but I have yet to see her NOT be good in something. πŸ™‚

      • True that on Lawrence.

        As a piece of entertainment, I think Silver Linings far superior to Life of Pi, too.

        But I think Best Picture goes beyond that. I think it also hints at which is better made, which combines more of the various elements of filmmaking to make a memorable, powerful whole. And I’m not certain any 2012 film had a better combination of elements than Life of Pi. Editing, cinematography, direction, performance, script, audio, score, etc were all so good. I think Silver Linings more entertaining and more likely to generate successive viewings, by far, but Life of Pi is probably a touch better made.

  2. i have no desire to see this… but I do want to read what you have to say about Sound of My Voice – I liked that one a lot : )

    How do I keep up? I have a lot of free time at work…. but – I always make time for Cinema Parrot Disco!! : )

  3. I didnt like this movie so much either. It was too hyped and when that happened to an OK movie, it just kills the momentum.

    I think the best actress last year was Emmanuelle Riva in Amour (2012). I’m generally not much a fan of foreign language movies, but I really felt her pain and in a year with quite a weak Best Actress list, Riva was the best.

    I’m a fan of short reviews, so no complaints here from me on the length πŸ™‚

    I probably don’t have as many blogs to read as you do, but I enjoy getting the emails and it can usually take me a few days to get to reading the reviews, but I generally get through them all.

  4. I really enjoyed Silver Linings Playbook but I agree that it’s probably been over-hyped.

    I know exactly what you mean about keeping up with blogs and trying to read and interact with all of them. I mostly use the reader and set aside about an hour a day for reading but I still don’t manage!

    • I definitely did enjoy it but it just really didn’t live up to the hype for me.

      Yeah – I think I’d probably need at least and hour of blog reading every night to keep up but I only get that free time once or twice a week & then I’m sooooo far behind I need more like an entire day to catch up. I figure things will slow down after Xmas & then I’ll figure out a “system”. I’ll make a schedule or something! πŸ˜‰

  5. I wanted to comment yesterday already but with my mobile it’s pain in the ass if you want to write a bit more. But there’s the answer I do I keep up; I subscribe to those I really want to follow and I can read them straight away while sitting in the bus or even while watching telly or doing whatever. Yesterday I read in the car while going to get Christmas greetings to my grandma. I wasn’t driving though. πŸ˜‰ But yeah, when it comes to those blogs that I don’t subscribe it is hard to keep up.

    Silver Linings was one of my favourite films of this year (I saw it in February I think). It was entertaining and all of the actors did great job. But to me the Oscar should have gone to Jessica Chastain, she was very good in Zero Dark Thirty. But I love Jennifer Lawrence so I really don’t mind. Emmanuelle Riva was heartbreaking and Amour is one of the toughest films to watch. I never wanna see it again.

    I also like to read your opinion of Shame (including the big things in it). Or Pitch Perfect which I loved.

    • Yeah – I know I need to try to chip away at the blog reading little by little like you do so that I don’t fall weeks behind. :-/ Not seen Zero Dark Thirty so can’t compare but, yeah, I’m not upset or anything at Lawrence winning best actress. Shame is the next review I’ll be doing – two people want that one. πŸ™‚

  6. Im haven internet issues so apologies if you get this multiple times.

    I still have not seen silver linings playbook. Am planning to do so before writing my best/worst of the year lists. As for keeping up with other blogs, I get daily emails which send them to you in bulk. So that does not clog up my inbox. I also don’t worry about catching up if I have been away for a few days. Otherwise I just find it too much.

    • Would like to know what you think of it if you do see it. πŸ™‚ It’s a fun movie – just not one of the very “best” in years in my opinion. I’d maybe do the email thing… I suppose I’ll have more time to keep up once Christmas is over!

      • Checked the film out the other day. I really enjoyed it. Thought it was one of the cleverest films dealing with mental illness in a long while. Sure it is overrated. But that is the Weinsteins fault, no one elses. Probably won’t quite make my 2013 top 10, but not too far off.

    • Glad you enjoyed this one. πŸ™‚ I can certainly see WHY people do. I liked it a lot but not sure why it just didn’t click with me like it did for others. Still better than most the crap Hollywood churns out, though! It feels very original & I like that.

  7. I have this but have not gotten around to watching it, mainly because there was so much hype surrounding it.

    Good luck getting your reviews out, you can do it!

  8. Everyone loves a quickie! And as such, I’d like to see you review Shame πŸ™‚

    As for SLP, it was one of my favourite films of last year, I thought it was great. Obvious ending and that but I thought pretty much everyone’s performance was spot on.

    • Ha – I’ve just posted the Shame review. πŸ™‚ It’s not very… In depth!

      I did enjoy Silver Linings. I’m thinking I’m just hard to please these days! πŸ˜‰ Everyone did do a great job in it & it was a fun one to watch.

  9. Another nice one, lady! I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this movie, but I ended up liking it quite a bit! I agree that though J-Law was fantastic, maybe she didn’t quite deserve the Oscar…but she’s J-Law, so I’m cool with it. Hahaha. πŸ˜‰

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