Saturday, November 9, 2013

Silver Linings Playbook (2012) (2nd time)

After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. [imdb]

Nominated for 8 Oscars:
Best Picture
Best Director: David O. Russell

Best Actor: Bradley Cooper

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (WINNER)
Best Supporting Actor: Robert De Niro
Best Supporting Actress: Jacki Weaver
Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Editing

Now here's a romantic drama that actually works. I liked this film even the second time: it's easy to watch, very well-acted, nicely directed and put together, and with enough emotion to make it memorable. It should've won Adapted Screenplay. Though, what I didn't like was... well, the change in the character, towards the end. I didn't think that was so believable. But ok: let's go with it. 

Talk about the acting: Jen Law is good, but she shouldn't have won (and HERE is why) and she's not the star of her film. Bradley Cooper is quite amazing and, also, never looked better. De Niro is fine, and I'm happy he stopped being so lazy in his acting choices (he's still far from his old glory, though). And Jacki Weaver... well, Jacki is the heart of the film, so her nomination was a well-received surprise.

My rating for the film: 8.5/10. Happy Oscar fell for it.

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