The following excerpt is from my review of the quirky, dark-humored ROM-COM, Silver Linings Playbook, featured on BLIRT. Check out the full review here.
The multi-Oscar nominee, Silver Linings Playbook, lives up to the hype. Revolving around mental illness, depression, adultery, loss, social exile and self discovery, this genre-defying Romantic Comedy follows the characters on a journey as they pull themselves up from rock bottom.
Border-lining on drama, the film is gut-wrenchingly raw and honest. The superior character portrayal by Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence is so convincing, they make even the viewer uncomfortable. The obvious chemistry between the two is a catalyst to the films success, along with the outstanding ability of writer-director David O. Russell, to capture emotions with both his subtle and sometimes jagged camera movement.
The movie opens with Pat (Bradley Cooper) leaving a mental institution. After nearly beating a colleague to death upon walking in on him in the shower with his wife, Pat plea-bargains his way into the institution where he is diagnosed with BiPoloar disorder and confined for eight months. While trying to reestablish his former life and prove his recovery to his estranged wife, Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a depressed widow nearly as crazy as he is and trying to cope with her own issues. The eccentric pair form an unconventional bond as they lean on each other, unknowingly beginning to bypass their heartaches…
[As seen on BLIRT]