With the Academy Awards coming up this week-end, I thought I better post my movie review of Silver Linings Playbook. I always try to see as many of the nominated films as I can. This doesn't always work out as there are certain films I just know I'm better off not seeing. For example, I didn't see Zero Dark Thirty. As much as I may want to see it, I know I'll never make it through the torture scenes. It will disturb my sleep for weeks.
Also didn't see Django Unchained. I did see Inglourious Basterds and that was enough for me. I don't need to see the slavery version. Just too much brutality. I guess I will never make a real movie reviewer.
Back to the subject at hand, I loved Silver Linings Playbook. It stood up to all the positive feedback I've been hearing. Bradley Cooper is the best I've ever seen him. Normally, I don't like his characters because he frequently plays the cheating or snarky "pretty boy". Not here. His character is damaged and struggling with some real mental health issues and he becomes this guy.
Jennifer Lawrence is brilliant. You kind of fall in love with her the moment she appears on screen. She has a frenetic energy that just walks the line between crazy and completely wacko.
I thought the movie did a great job showing an intimate portrayal of a family. As the story progresses, you really begin to understand Pat's (Cooper) evolution. What starts out as off the wall crazy, becomes...almost logical.
I don't think I'm giving anything away to say that I just loved the final dance scene. Both charming and hysterical. I think I might have actually applauded.
And I shouldn't end this without mentioning De Niro. He plays Pat's dad and he does an excellent jobs. Probably not much of a surprise.
Thank you for this wonderful little movie. I can never get enough of a good happy ending.