February 24, 2013

At the Movies: The Silver Linings Playbook

Okay so the whole movie mania has struck my house and we have been going to the movies quite a bit in the last few weeks! And one of the movies I saw was Silver Linings Playbook

The story follows Patrick - a bipolar guy - as he tries to regain a sense of normalcy after being released from a psychiatric hospital, where he was sent after he assaulted the man his wife was cheating with, his whole motivation is to get back to his wife Nikki and he will do almost anything to make it happen. 

So when he meets Tiffany - a somewhat unstable young woman who recently lost her husband and she claims to be able to get him in contact with Nikki (because her sister Veronica is Nikki's best friend) he agrees to do her a favor in exchange for her help. 

Soon he's spending most of his day with Tiffany and seeing things in a different light. 

I had heard a lot of good things about the movie before I went to see it but I wasn't really expecting much, part of me was even braced to not liking the movie, but it surprised me by how funny and movie it was. 

Do I think it's one of the best movies of the year? not necessarily but, again, it was fun and sweet and I actually enjoyed the time I spent in the movie theater - which is more than I can say of, say, Flight.

It was a quirky romantic comedy and sure I was annoyed of how hung up Patrick was on his ex Nikki, and Tiffany was sometimes just Too Much. But both Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence had plenty of charm and chemistry to keep Tiffany and Patrick from being overly annoying. 

Secondary characters were great too, I really liked Patrick's therapist and Danny, his friend from the hospital that was always trying to escape. The whole subplot with Patrick's dad and his business as a bookie was a bit meh to me but it was okay. 

At the end of the day, I give the movie a solid B and I do see myself re-watching it in the future. 

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