Our 16-year-old film blogger Jack Bool reviews Silver Linings Playbook
08:35 28 November 2012
It’s already a front-runner when it comes to Oscar predictions and it’s easy to see why as it most certainly deserves the critical acclaim it has been receiving as of late.
The film stars Bradley Cooper as Pat, a former teacher who after an 8 month stint in a mental hospital moves back in with his parents whilst trying to reconcile with his ex-wife. However things become more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
Last year I remember watching David O. Russell’s The Fighter and loving it so when I first heard about the buzz Silver Linings had been receiving my anticipation for this movie has been rather high and although I went in with extremely high expectations, it’s safe to say those expectations where definitely matched and dare I say greatly exceeded. Forget how this movie is being perceived on TV adverts as yet another rom-com it’s nothing of the sort as what we have here is one of the best movies to come out in years.
The acting is fantastic with both Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence delivering two of the years defining performances. Their characters are the type of people you care about from an audience perspective and the chemistry they share on screen is phenomenal. Of course as of now it’s evidently clear that Jennifer Lawrence is one of the best actresses working today and a best actress nomination and possibly a win must be coming her way for her performance in this but in my eyes Bradley Cooper was as equally impressive. Normally apart from his stand-out performance in last year’s Limitless I always regard him as the guy from the A-Team and The Hangover but in this he really has proved himself as not just a Hollywood a-lister but one of the better actors working today. I’ve always been a fan of his but to see him transcend completely in style to a film like this really surprised me so hats off to Bradley Cooper in my opinion for doing a great job. Robert De Niro plays a substantial part as Pat’s father and for the first time in over a year its great see him star in a brilliant film. The set of characters in this film are all interesting to watch and as a drama this movie is perfect yet it is also as impressive as a comedy. It has a well-balanced mood when it comes to jokes and somehow despite its touching subject matter regarding mental illness the comedy aspect has been handled in such a great way that you never feel bad about laughing.
The dialogue is expertly written and some of the shots this movie uses are extremely well thought out. It’s a superbly made movie and the craftsmanship that has gone into it is undeniable. Supported by a brilliant soundtrack the film touches on many different aspects of life. From romance, to health and even one’s unconditional love for sport. To me at times I was so engrossed by this movie that I actually forgot I was watching a movie and when that happens as you may well know you’re definitely watching something special and that’s what Silver Linings Playbook is, a very special movie.