I’m gonna go ahead and give Silver Linings Playbook a 10/10.
I kept thinking Bradley Cooper probably had the time of his life with this role. I remember an interview of him after yet another Hangover installment explaining how he didn’t really have to do much but make surprise faces at Zach Galifianakis’ antics, so this movie must have been a real treat to him.
Why? Because he brings it on in SLP. As an OCD with near severe anger issues he is a scary and unstable man. At one moment pathetic and heartbreaking as he continues to imagine a life with his wife (who has a restraining order against him), yet ready to violently explode looking for his wedding video the next. Suffice it to say I didn’t know Bradley Cooper had this in him, and I feel genuinely glad he found something he could sink his teeth into.
Jennifer Lawrence is one of those actresses who is just so much of a treat to the eyes you wonder how you can take her seriously, then in this she makes you believe as well. As she chases Cooper down the street she is forceful and determined and even annoying as she comes at him like a freight train, but looks delicate and beautiful at the same time. Any Hunger Games references end at the first scene where you lay eyes on her. They don’t even make it out your mouth. Here she shows we’re far beyond that.
This movie took me on a thrill of a ride and I had no idea where it was taking me. I was afraid yet happy, felt genuine relief at Cooper’s family’s attempts to calm him down yet was concerned at how badly de Niro’s character was botching it up. I loved how he would try to introduce a sense of normalcy in trying to invite his son to watch football and then feel the tension when he’d rather go elsewhere. I understood how Pat (ok that’s his name I looked it up) would want to keep away from Tiffany so much yet felt the urge just as much as he would to glance at her house as he ran by it.
It felt like real life that’s what it is. It felt like a girl you’d know, a life I’d know and the real tensions and decisions that life throws at you. It felt real, and so when they finally got together that too felt real, and so I can’t think of a higher compliment to a movie than that. And that is why I give it a 10 out of 10 because while I’m sure there are things wrong with it I really don’t care. It’s made me think and it’s made me feel and it grabbed me and took me for a spin and I enjoyed it. And heck if movies can’t do that then what are they for.