14A) Silver Linings Playbook (TIFF 2012)
The Weinstein Company.
Running Time: 122 Minutes.
4 stars out of 4.
Director David O Russel's film Silver Linings Playbook premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, and I was fortunate enough to attend the world premiere Gala screening of the film, where the entire cast consisting of Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert de Niro, Chris Tucker, Jacki Weaver, and more, introduced the audience to there film based on the novel of the same name from author Matthew Quick. Silver Linings Playbook is entertaining, heartwarming, funny, touching, and deeply moving. It not only received three standing ovations at TIFF, but it was received critical and audience acclaim, and went on to win the TIFF People's Choice Award, which is the highest honour a film at TIFF could receive. Silver Linings Playbook is a masterpiece, and is filmmaking at its best. This is not only the best film of the year so far, but is the best film I have seen in years.
Bradley Cooper plays Pat Solitano, a man in his mid 30's who has bipolar disorder. He returns back to live with his parents and wants to get his life back together. Pat wants to patch things up with his now ex-wife, and wants everything to be good again. He is then introduced to an intriguing young lady named Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) who is a foul mouthed, and funny character, and is the only person that understands Pat.
The acting is superb. Bradley Cooper deserves Oscar consideration for his moving potrayal of Pat, and Jennifer Lawrence deserves to win the Oscar, for her role as Tiffany. Robert de Niro is also very good in the supporting role as Pats father, and Jackie Weaver has a smaller role as Pat's mother. The ensemble is the best of any film this year so far, and I hope that these groundbreaking performances are remembered, come awards season. Although everyone brings a great performance to the film, the breakout performance is Jennifer Lawrence' Tiffany. Lawrence has created this intriguing and funny character, that everyone roots for the entire film. While you are watching this film, and you see Jennifer Lawrence on screen, you completely forget that this was the same actress who played Katniss Everdeen a few months earlier. The range that Jennifer Lawrence has shown in her film roles such as X-Men: First Class, Winters Bone, The Hunger Games, and now Silver Linings Playbook, Lawrence establishes herself as one of todays best actresses.
David O Russel's screenplay based on the novel of the same name by Matthew Quick, is outstanding. It has surprising depth, and emotion, along with extremely funny one liners. After 2010's The Fighter, and now with Silver Linings Playbook, David O Russel is one of today's best directors and screenwriters. It might be to early to call, but Silver Linings Playbook is the frontrunner for me for the Oscar for Best Picture, Best Director(David O Russel), Best Actor(Bradley Cooper), Best Actress(Jennifer Lawrence), Best Supporting Actor(Robert de Niro), Best Supporting Actress(Jacki Weaver), Best Adapted Screenplay(David O Russel), Best Score(Danny Elfman) Best Editing, and Best Cinematography. I hope Oscar voters love this picture, as much as I do.
Silver Linings Playbook exceeds expectations and is a masterpiece of modern day film making. David O Russel has written an exceptional, funny, and honest film, with likeable and believable characters, and no matter how crazy the character is, you still love them.
For a movie that may not look like your average Best Picture Winner, Silver Linings Playbook is even better than some of the recent Best Pictures, no offence to The Artist. Words cannot even explain how good this film is. The tone is perfect, and although it may sound predictable, it certainly is not, and the ending is standing ovation worthy.
Silver Linings Playbook is a film that reminds you, why you go to the movies, and reminded me why I love to go to the movies. This is a film I will never forget, as it was my first TIFF premiere, and I am so grateful that I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to go to the world premier, and watch this masterpiece on screen.
In the stellar supporting cast we have Robert de Niro, Jacki Weaver, and Chris Tucker who along with Jennifer Lawrence, brings the film its comedic gold moments.
The father-son relationship between Robert de Niro, and Bradley Cooper, feels real, and the conversations they have feel like an actual conversation a father and a son would have. Jackie Weaver does a great American accent, and is a perfect wife to De Niro, and mother to Cooper.
What we have here is modern day film making at its best. This is a film without visual effects, or CGI, that can draw audiences for its cast alone. Silver Linings Playbook is A REAL WINNER!