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Silver Lining Playbook (2012)

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Silver Lining Playbook (2012)


Bradley Cooper
Jennifer Lawrence
Robert De Niro

Directed by David O Russell

I want to advise all, don’t make the same mistake I did, I felt this film was just a romantic waste of celluloid and my precious time so I stayed away from it, till I heard about its Oscar nominations. This is one of the best movie I have seen this decade, the acting is so great that I was so surprised; I have seen many Bradley Cooper movies, mind me list some The Midnight Meat Train, Yes Man, He's Just Not That Into You, The Hangover, Valentine's Day, A-Team, Limitless and Hangover II. All of this especially Limitless (2011) shows how good an actor Cooper is, but this movie shows how great an actor he truly is.

Silver Linings Playbook is such a great movie, well written and well directed. The Weinstein Company bought the rights to the book (The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick) before it was even published, a decision I’m sure the company will never regret because not only is this movie a must watch, so you can see wonderful acting from Bradley, Jennifer Lawrence (Hunger Games (2012) and X-Men: First Class (2011)) and Robert De Niro it is a must have. It is well paced and I liked the score and the dance scenes.

The movie plot is about Pat (Bradley Cooper) who has bipolar disorder, which developed when he found his wife cheating on him and he nearly beat the man to death. The movie kicks off when Pat got released from the mental institution and move back in with his parents. He then met Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) who was just as messed up as he was. The two together developed a relationship that helped keep them mentally stable.

But Pat is still hooked on getting back with his wife Nikki and Pat’s father (Robert De Niro) is so determined to get his juju working by bonding with his son so that the Philadelphia Eagles could win, since Pat Sr. is placing all his money on the Eagles winning.

The movie is well directed by David O. Russell (The Fighter (2010)) the screenplay is well crafted to sooth the viewer to feel the intimacy developing between the leads. Silver Linings Playbook was shot on a 33 day period and it got eight Academy Award Nominations including the Big Five the first time since Million Dollar Baby in 2004, (the Big Five are: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and screenplay — either Best Adapted Screenplay or Best Original Screenplay, which has been won by only three movies It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).). Silver Lining Playbook was a commercial box office success making over 7 times its production cost and it is also a critical acclaim.

Here is a movie you have to see no matter what, even if you have to cut corners being down stumbling blocks, just make sure you see this.


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