Ending the week with another potential ‘award film’. Silver Linings Playbook is a love story, but where are two main characters are extremely effed up to say the least. The guy (played by Bradley Cooper) is coming out of a stint in an institution after a violent end to his marriage. The girl (yet another great feather in the still very young cap of Jennifer Lawrence) is a widow who hasn’t completely moved on from the circumstances of her husband’s death.
This film moved in a lot of different directions in my opinion. A few minutes of a classic ‘sins of the father’ story, where we get Robert DeNiro being an actor again; stretches of ‘boy meets girl’ which is the meat of the story; and (where I thought the film was strongest) some long stretches in the first and second act that tackle the great dilemma of when, internally, you know you got it for somebody else but you didn’t get or haven’t emotionally gotten to the closure of your last relationship. Is there even such a thing as closure or is that really a Hallmark/Hollywood thing that’s completely made up?
The film isn’t bad at all but I wasn’t head over heels for it. Like I implied a lot going on. My take away (which I already knew) is that Jennifer Lawrence is going to have as long of a career as she wants doing whatever she wants to do.
Have a great weekend!