Director: David O. Russell
Nominated: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Editing
I really enjoyed Silver Linings Playbook. It’s an excellent cast with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence being ably supported by the exceptional Robert De Niro and Jackie Weaver … all of whom have been rightly nominated in the best acting categories. Chris Tucker also excels as the patient determined to get out of the hospital.
I know I’ve said it about a lot of the films nominated at this years Oscars but it’s a bold subject matter to tackle. Mental health still seems to be somewhat a taboo subject and people still seem afraid to broach the matter. Silver Linings Playbook tackles issues of mental health head on; the film revolves around how it affects the individual as well as those surrounding them.
Bradley Cooper’s Pat suffers from undiagnosed Bi-Polar disorder, something he has lived with his entire life that is only really recognized when he reacts extremely badly to finding how wife cheating. The explosive changes in mood are startling and create a somewhat unpredictable film. I like that they kind of focus on the little things that Pat obsesses over like his reaction to his wedding song and wearing a garbage bag over his running gear to aid weigh loss.
Jennifer Lawrence is creating a sterling career with every role she decides to take on, and this film is no different. Tiffany is brilliant, completely messed up and yet compelling to watch. She has a brashness ness that I loved. And despite being a mess she is the best thing that happens to Pat in a long time. Both Pat and Tiffany have no filter when they talk which makes their conversations and interactions refreshing, honest and let’s face it amusing.
The relationships between Pat and his parents are interesting to watch and have a sort of truth to them. They’re not really sure how to handle Pat’s illness and the associated mood swings but they remain strong and do the best the can with something they don’t really understand. Seeing De Niro back on screen is awesome and I love that he has elements of craziness about him to, his obsessions on game days leaning towards OCD as Pat points put.
Silver Linings Playbook is one of the best films I’ve watched in the run up to the Oscars and I definitely up there in my pick for Best Picture. And I would love it if Jennifer Lawrence managed to scoop the Oscar for Best Actress because I think she is incredibly talented and deserves some recognition for it … plus I may also have a very light girl crush on her.