Every single one of us is at least a little screwed up mentally. Obviously some people have
worse conditions than others, but deep down there’s something bad within all of us – it’s part
of the human experience. And that’s what makes Silver Linings Playbook, the new movie
from writer-director David O. Russell based on the novel by Matthew Quick, such an
impressive piece of filmmaking.
Former teacher Pat Solatano ( Bradley Cooper) is released from psychiatric instition
and he is moving back with his parents. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive
and reunite with his wife, despite of everything that had happened. When Pat meets Tiffany
(Jennifer Lawrence), a young widow with problems of her own, things get complicated.
Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very
important for her in return. After bad beginning they make a deal which helps them both to
achieve what they want.
Silver Linings Playbook movie does everything right. Cooper played the character perfectly
and with great enthusiasm and you believe every word he says (Golden globe an Oscar
nominations). He is explosive, sad, happy, bipolar. He wants to have a positive attitude, but
sometimes he forgets that his ex-wife might not be ready for his „perfect plan“ to get her back. Tiffany is almost as screwed up as Pat, and the young actress plays her with an engaging
aggressiveness that lets her dominate every scene she’s in, whether she’s wildly charging out
of the side of the screen while Pat is on a run. Their dialogues are so genuine and real. They
don’t sugar coat or censor anything that comes out of their mouths, causing some hilarious, quotable lines.
Before Silver Linings Playbook, Bradley Cooper was still Phil from The Hangover to me.
Now, I see him as an amazing actor. His performance of Pat was realistic, raw and quite...