June 15, 2014
'Silver Linings Playbook' just works in every way! It's one of the most feel-good films of all time!
Mental illness is an issue all over the world. It ruins lives and causes many problems. Mental illness can also cause goodness. In David O.Russell's terrific film 'Silver Lining's Playbook' we see two unique characters, Pat and Tiffany, who struggle from emotional and mental problems. Bradley Cooper plays Pat, an ex-teacher who is recently released from a mental health institution. Pat tries to make his life better by working things out with his relationships. His wife left him due to his problems and cheated on him before hand. Pat has extreme anger issues that are revealed multiple times, and are especially powerful in an intense fight between him and his tough father played by Robert De Niro. Pat is agitated easily, is pretty lonely, isn't happy with the way things are going, and then meets Tiffany. She has her own issues. Tiffany is played exceptionally by Jennifer Lawrence. Tiffany is unemployed due to sexual matter, has a deceased husband, has anger and emotional issues, and doesn't really have anyone in her life. As the two form a relationship, they enter a dance competition which helps their friendship grow. What's excellent about this film is that it shows what it's like having mental illness and how it can be solved. The themes of friendship, acceptance, and love show how people can fight mental illness. It also shows how people who have struggles are still people and should be treated as so. Every actor was terrific. Bradley Cooper proves he's more than just a comedian by giving the best performance of an actor in 2012. Jennifer Lawrence gives a break-through performance as well. The supporting cast including Jackie Weaver and Robert De Niro are wonderful and realistic as well. David O.Russell's screenplay is so rich and contains excellent characters and themes and is overall a healthy, delightful, feel-good story. He also adds monumental directing to capture the change and glory of the characters to make this one of the most inspiring films you'll ever see!
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