Silver Linings Playbook

Okay. If you haven’t seen this movie at least once since its been out, you have to go see it right now. It’s one of the greatest films of the decade, hands down.

Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence (my absolute favourite), and Robert DeNiro among others,  this flick addresses mental illness in a beautiful and accurate way. If you want the full synopsis, check it out here.

The film is actually an adaptation from a novel by Matthew Quick. I tried not to read the whole synopsis of that because it seems so interesting, just as interesting as the book, and if anyone owns it and wants to let me borrow it, I will love you forever. What I read of the synopsis, the book is amazing and Pat is much more tormented in it than he is in the movie, and that is saying something.

What I feel makes this movie so great, besides the accuracy of its representation, is the way the director/actors/writers etc take it to a whole new level in different ways. Take for instance (SPOILERS) when Pat is searching for his wedding video after walking Tiffany home. Listen to the music. Led Zeppelin is a perfect choice always, but here, the build up of the music fits perfectly with how Pat is feeling, how he’s reacting, and how his parents are reacting. As the song builds and the music becomes so loud its difficult to hear the conversations, you can feel that Pat really is losing control. When the music stops abruptly, you can tell exactly how he’s feeling after accidentally hitting his mother. Bradley Cooper does an awesome job portraying Pat.
And Jennifer Lawrence? Don’t get me started. She’s a powerhouse. Truly. She makes acting and playing different roles seem effortless. She slips into personalities as smoothly as my spoon slips into Nutella, and I think actors will be studying her in the future. As Tiffany she is believable, heartwarming, and inspirational. She gives Tiffany a personality, ideosyncrasies, a life beyond the screen, and you ask yourself so many questions about her because Lawrence gives you the opportunity to be curious. That could also be the writing, and probably is, but, I mean, actors definitely play a part.

So, long story short, go see this movie. It’s amazing. Funny, sweet, depressing, invigorating; and a bunch more adjectives I can’t think of right now. Seriously, watch it if you haven’t already, and if you have, watch it again. Its one of my absolute favourites, and I think I could watch it a million times and never be bored of it.

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