In honor of the Oscars this coming Sunday, I decided to see as many of the Best Picture nominees as possible. Unfortunately that did not end up going as well as I wanted it to. I did, however, end up seeing one of the films and I was quite impressed with it.
"Silver Linings Playbook" tells the story of Pat Solitano, a man who has just been released after a stint in a mental hospital and moves back in with his parents and tries to reunite with his wife. He also meets a girl named Tiffany who has many problems of her own and they strike up a friendship.
This film stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro and all of them have been nominated for Oscars. I am not a huge Bradley Cooper fan but I loved his performance in this film. He did such an amazing job and I think he deserves the Oscar. His portrayal of a a man with undiagnosed bipolar disorder is entertaining and amazingly well done. Jennifer Lawrence's performance as Tiffany is now my favorite performance by her. (I liked her in "The Hunger Games" but her portrayal of a crazy young woman in this film really impressed me). I am not a huge fan of hers, either, but I liked her in this film.
Robert De Niro plays Cooper's father in the film and gives another great performance. I have always been a fan of his, and the emotions he portrays in this film (from his frustration with his business, his disappointment in Pat and the Philadelphia Eagles, and his entertaining opinion of Tiffany) are very real and heartfelt.
Despite the age difference (Cooper is 38, Lawrence is 22) their onscreen chemistry is instant and electrifying. Their arguments throughout the film feel natural and not forced. Whenever the two of them interact I could feel the chemistry between them, especially during the dance sequences. I also enjoyed Chris Tucker's performance as Pat's best friend, Danny. Although he was not in many scenes he manages to steal the few he does appear in. He provides some of the comic relief in the film, and his chemistry with Cooper is natural feeling, like with Cooper and Lawrence.
The film tends to drag in certain spots but it is never boring. It also has something for everyone. It has drama, comedy, romance, and football. Pat's family are huge Philadelphia Eagles fans and the team's stadium makes an appearance in the film.
It is rated R, so I do not recommend bringing young children. There are moments of violence and the "F" word is used several times throughout the film but other than that it is a great moving that I feel is Oscar worthy.