Saturday, October 19, 2013

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Director: David O. Russell
Writers:  David O. Russell, Mathew Quick
Cast:       Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro

Bradley Cooper plays an ex-teacher who has returned to his home after being in a mental hospital for a while because of bipolar disorder and is trying to reconcile with his wife. He hooks up with Tiffany played by Jennifer Lawrence, who is also a neurotic struggling to cope after the death of her husband, to help him in his endeavor. It is not much of a stretch to imagine how it is gonna progress from there.

The plot is very formulaic and contrived but because of the characters in it the film is an interesting watch. Some of the story progression will certainly make you cringe. Least impressive film I have seen from David O. Russell.  Didn't really deserve the critical reception it got during the awards season but Jennifer Lawrence probably deserved her academy award. She is really a terrific talent.

The film was adapted from Mathew Quick's novel of the same name.

Rating: 3/5