Oh yes! A lot of other greater reviews have been written about this award-winning movie. But those are mostly about how good the acting was, the script, and all the technicalities of what a great movie should be made of.
And I don’t argue that. It was brave, true and yet, heart-warming.
First, let me say that the reason Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) was thrown to a mental institution is happening everyday. It may not happen to a person you know, but it exists, and is rampant.
I would have done the same thing he did, had that happened to me (which I trust won’t).
I can’t say the same for what drove Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) to do what she did before she met Pat.
Jennifer Lawrence’s character was dark but she liked herself that way. In a strange way, although Pat disliked Tiffany’s behavior / coping mechanism after her husband died, he found himself defending her against men who wanted to take advantage of her.
Pat Solitano was so engrossed at getting his life, and his wife back, that he would do anything to be the better man she wanted him to be. This is a cry not just of husbands, but anyone else who has lost their special someone because they had some issues they needed to fix on their own. Again, this could happen, or might already be happening, to someone we know. And the more they try to win them back, the more they mess up.
My love for American football paid off as Joy kept asking me, “What are they talking about?”. The scene where Tiffany made such a strong first impression on everyone also made me say, “what a smart beautiful girl”.
I mean, I was a big 49ers fan back in the day but that I understood the feeling to go against the All-American team Dallas Cowboys, was enough to make Joy smile.
I’ve always believed that when you’re hurt or depressed, you have to surround yourself with people who make you feel better, and distract yourself with things that make you too exhausted to even have the time thinking about the what-ifs. Oh, I’ve been there. And it hurt a lot like hell.
Jennifer Lawrence went on to win at least 4 Best Actress Awards in the US alone, from the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild and Independent Spirit Award. At 22, that was a career-boosting success!
Robert De Niro is outstanding, as he always is, in his staunch Philadelphia Eagles fan character. He had crazy superstitions when watching the game that included a hanky, 3 remote controls and the presence of his son. He both supported his son’s release from the mental institution but at the same time was concerned of his true healing, which in this case was, letting go.
Bradley Cooper delivers a performance that would take you to 2 sides of his persona, like a true person with bipolar disorder would do (that’s Pat Solitano I’m talking about right there **wink**).
For a moment there I thought the movie was going to be very dark, but I ended up hoping for the best in life to still happen as it should.
Excelsior! Like he always said in the film, lifted him upward. His positivity and will drove him back to his sanity, and happiness. Through the course of the movie, I kept asking Joy questions like “will you react the same way?”, “is being bipolar considered a disorder?”, “what would you have done?”.
The Silver Linings Playbook dips you to the darkest and most disgusting parts of life and yet pulls you back up and lets you see, the silver lining. Plus, some dancing on the side.
It is a warm story about family, betrayal, coping, odd friendships, and hope. If you haven’t watched it yet, please grab a copy now. If you already have, what did you think about it?
As for me, I can’t wait for the 2nd installment of the Hunger Games saga. =)
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