Q-Films Review: Silver Linings Playbook

Andre Kelley February 18, 2013 0

Silver Linings Playbook

Director: David O. Russell

Written by: Matthew Quick

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher

Studio: The Weinstein Company

Running time:  2 hrs

Language: English

Rating:  R

“Rotten Tomatoes” Critics Grade: 92%  Positive

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Synopsis (courtesy of The Weinstein Company):


Review:

Honestly? This was one of the very few films I’d heard of recently where I hadn’t seen nor heard a single negative thing about it. In my head, I kept thinking ‘Two hyper-attractive people with problems at finding love? I’ll pass.’ Turns out, thankfully, this film is exactly what you think it isn’t. It’s not a feel-good, fluffy, rainbow and unicorn infused rom-com of the Katherine Heigl variety. At all. In fact, I’ll even go out on a limb and discount much of it’s comedic content and just say it’s a straight-up dramedy. I went in with my arms crossed, ready to hate hard on this film and it opened me right up.

ALL of the performances, the writing, the direction, story and even it’s pacing were executed perfectly. Bradley Cooper, as insanely fine as he is, showed us yet another painfully damaged yet extremely relatable side. Robert De Niro, for me, has still got it going on-maybe it’s his eyes and lemme’ tell you something, that Jennifer Lawrence (who did little for me in Hunger Games) tore the house down in this movie. She’s a dark, smoldering, sexy, enthralling ball of energy once she got going in this role. The moment she came onscreen, I was as awestruck as Bradley Cooper’s character and could not take my eyes off of her. Oscar nods not withstanding (and well-earned) for any of you who are still hesitant about this film, do yourself a favor and check it out. Silver Linings Playbook is an extremely well done unconventional dramedy that you will enjoy intensely.

My Grade:  A+

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