Fortunately, I was able to rent movies at home via my cable provider thus bypassing subtitles and mandatory breaks. Having heard very enthusiastic opinions on the film Silver Linings Playbook, I decided to rent it. Of course, the fact that the film was up for a number of awards, and, indeed, the lead actress in the film won an Oscar for her performance helped sway my selection of film. Part of the problem with watching films seemingly after every one else back home has watched them is that one can develop certain expectations based on having heard SO much feedback from friends and family. Everyone spoke about Silver Linings in superlatives: that's my FAVORITE movie; her performance was the BEST; his portrayal of _________ was MOST convincing. I almost expected to be bowled over, but I wasn't.
I liked the film, but I didn't LOVE it. I thought the pacing was good and the story flowed fairly well. The performances were good, but not stupendous. I was, however, pleased to see Chris Tucker (The Fifth Element, anyone?) back in action after what feels like years and thought that his character was very well executed. Jennifer Lawrence is a good actress, but I would not say that her performance was Oscar-worthy. I mean she's hardly Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice.
|The incomparable Jacki Weaver who played Cooper's mother in Silver Linings...|
As far as rom-coms go, it's a clever take on an old formula with a groovy soundtrack as backdrop. I don't know if one 'totally has to see' this film, but for those of us who still haven't seen it, Silver Linings is worth a sit-through, if inclined.