The Silver Linings Playbook is Worth the Hype

Posted by Greg on Jan 13, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Saw the much-ballyhooed David O. Russell film The Silver Linings Playbook last night and came away quite impressed. Though it is a romance at heart, there’s tons of charm here without being saccharine and over-the-top (i.e. Nicholas Sparks). As much a romance as it is a familial drama, there’s a zest in each of the lead actors (Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper) as well as the supporting cast (Robert DeNiro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, et. al). I haven’t seen romantic chemistry as strong or as realistic as Lawrence and Cooper in this film. Russell has certainly continued his recent hot streak and seems to be coming into his own as a filmmaker. Between this and The Fighter, he has made two monstrous, character-driven films that are absolutely worth seeing. If anything, the film makes me more interested in Matthew Quick’s book.

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