RELEASE DATE: 31/01/2013
RUN TIME: 2HR 2MIN
|CAST:||BRADLEY COOPER - PAT SOLITANO|
|JENNIFER LAWRENCE - TIFFANY|
|ROBERT DE NIRO - PAT SOLITANO SR|
|JACKI WEAVER - DOLORES SOLITANO|
|CHRIS TUCKER - DANNY|
|WRITER/DIRECTOR:||DAVID O. RUSSELL|
Director David O. Russell has a knack for bringing light and humour to the absurd as we’ve seen in the past with ‘Three Kings’ and ‘I heart Huckabees’. ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ is no exception with bipolar disorder, OCD and grief the order of the day. As a rom-com the likes of which you’ve never seen before, Russell manages to execute a gritty and real story while also catering to the emotional heartstrings of both men and women, resulting in a film with a little something for everybody.
Unfortunately, as a rom-com, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ falls victim to the common trappings of the genre about halfway through the second act eventuating in a generic, forced and ordinary conclusion unworthy of the extraordinary characters and lives we’ve just been witnessed to.
One thing’s for sure - Russell produces exceptional performance out of his cast, with everything left on the screen and nothing held back.
One thing’s for sure - Russell produces exceptional performance out of his cast, with everything left on the screen and nothing held back. Jennifer Lawrence is magnetic as the manipulative, whip-smart yet lost widow finding comfort in all the wrong places. Cooper is bold and witty is his portrayal, slowly yet surely allowing the audience into the life of a troubled man as he accepts the power of a friendship when it wasn’t necessarily wanted but most definitely needed.
While eventually losing its way and concluding a little flat, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ is still a great peek into the lives of characters of quiet desperation - and some ballroom dancing mixed in as well.