Written September 21, 2014
I expected a lot from this movie, reading about the Oscar buzz, having read the book, so I knew I was setting myself up for disappointment. None of that though, this movie was GREAT, capturing the balance between comedy and tragedy that movies seldom can but that feels instantly real.
The reason to see the movie is of course for the performances. Bradley Cooper surprises in a role very different for him. Jackie Weaver captures the role of his mother who is the family's rock while never really stepping out from the shadows. And it wouldn't be fair to say I'm surprised by Jennifer Lawrence because she has proven time and time again to be hugely talented, and this movie just confirms that. Her portrayal is layered and heartbreaking and honest, and I hope the buzz is right that she's getting a nomination for it because it's well-deserved.
A completely satisfying movie proving that great storytelling doesn't have to be desperately sad.
Written December 22, 2014
We liked the movie a lot! Bradley and Jennifer were amazing and perfectly cast in these parts, and it was SO FUN watching our neighborhood in a movie! If we hadn't read the book first we would have loved the movie more. The book was so rich in so many ways, and the movie watered it down and changed it a lot. But for all the liberties taken, it was a movie both men and women will enjoy, and my husband and I would definitely recommend.
Written September 22, 2014
We thought it was over-amplified and terribly irritating. The ending saves the movie, and Jennifer Lawrence is wonderful, but father and son were both too nuts to listen to for so long.
Written October 28, 2014
I'm in love with Jennifer Lawrence - OK I said it. She had me at " I volunteer as tribute". Her performance opposite Bradley Cooper is multi-layered and unpredictable. I feel like I am watching a young Meryl Streep in Bridges of Madison County.
This movie is a must see! De Niro and Jackie Weaver are a great supporting cast. Bradley Cooper is stunning as a bi-polar patient coming to terms with his disease.
I actually thought about jogging again.
Written December 22, 2014
The body of the movie was good although Bradley Coopers role overplayed the OCD/Be open an honest post mental hospital role.
The romantic outcome with Tiffany was anticipated and could have been developed more with the relationships ultimate outcome, which everyone knew would be a better fit for both. But, Hollywood has a habit of keeping the dramatic intact longer than necessary and I for one would like to see hope and comfort arrive quicker in the movie, so the viewer could enjoy the movie more , not just stress from anticipation, thats what life is for. Finally, it would be great to see a better filmography in pre-movie credits so we dont have to guess and wonder where we say a specific actor. Overall an 8.