Hey there, SWRNN readers. Here’s my review for the new dramedy “Silver Linings Playbook.”
“Silver Linings Playbook” is a film about Pat Jr. — a man diagnosed with a bipolar disorder who went through something so traumatic that he was placed in a mental hospital for eight months.
When he arrives back home, he meets a very intriguing woman named Tiffany, who’s just as messed up as he is. Of course, throughout the film they start to develop feelings for each other, but so much more is going on than just that.
The film was directed by “The Fighter’s” David O. Russell and stars Bradley Cooper as Pat Jr., Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham and Julia Stiles.
I have not read the book this film is based on, but I was intrigued from the very start. I remember watching the very first trailer that came out for the film and thinking to myself, “That film looks like something special.”
Lucky for me, I was right. And then some.
The acting in this film is beyond compare. Cooper gives the absolute best performance of his career, playing an incredibly heartfelt damaged character to perfection. Right from the opening shot (not scene mind you, but shot) of the film, you can tell this performance is going to be so engrossing, so real, that you forget you are watching a film.
Expect Bradley Cooper to earn himself an Oscar nomination this coming awards season.
Lawrence was absolutely stunning in the film as well, so stunning that she might even win the Oscar as Best Supporting Actress. Expect some awards attention for De Niro as well — everyone in this film was astonishing.
If you have seen “The Fighter,” then you know that Russell has a certain directing style that can get really under your skin on a personal level, making several scenes purposely awkward and uncomfortable for the audience. This works to his advantage here, as it helps the audience to relate and care for the characters on several levels.
Everything I’ve said about this film is true. Everything in this film is absolutely as close to perfect as a movie could possibly get. I’m not kidding.
As far as I am concerned, this is a complete masterpiece and arguably one of the best films ever made. I give “Silver Linings Playbook” a full 5 out of 5.
Adam Rolseth is a teen movie reviewer and regular guest contributor to SWRNN.