Written July 24, 2014
I loved this movie. It made me nervous for the two of them and it made me laugh out loud...with the rest of the movies goers. Thanks!
Written August 29, 2014
This film does a brilliant on every level: from illustrating the struggles of two broken characters coping with emotional and mental disorders to reminding us of the power of love and the joy of our own individuality.
Hollywood has finally produced a movie that is original, innovative, sharp, funny, and totally engaging without resorting to cobbled narratives from past box-office hits. The dialogue and characters ring true. Much like life, they steal your hearts and take you on an emotional ride that brings laughter and tears, but you are squarely in their corner the entire time. I highly recommend this cinematic jewel. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence leave no doubt that they have acting skills far superior to what they show in the Hang Over and Hunger Games franchises.
Written December 30, 2012
The movie was very real. Bradley Cooper and Jjennifer Lawrence turned in tremendous performances. there were twopeople dealing with depression and anger issues. I can understand Patrick trying to get back with his wife that would be what most people do. His mother works on getting him interested in Jennifer Lawrence whic is a stroke of brilliance, his wife wasn't the person for him and like most people he thinks he will get her back. The two main characters have researched what it is like to have mental problems. they overcome their problems and find each other. It is a very intense and dramatic movie, it was neither sad nor funny. robert De Niro turns in a stellar performance as the father. The language was appropriate and it wan't meant to shock us.. There are times we use expletives to express ourselves but it wasn't every other word. The cinematography was good. The director captured the actions of fans at a football game it was real.
Written September 18, 2014
This movie was totally different from the book which I read last year and couldn't put down. But even though the movie story differed from the book, it was still good! I enjoyed seeng the local area where it was filmed -- Highland Park, Llanerch Diner, Lansdowne Avenue Business District. Also, my husband was an extra in the dance scene and we could actually see him in the Ben Franklin Ballroom. A very satisfying story -- Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Jackie Weaver and especially Jennifer Lawrence all deserve Oscar nominations. DeNiro was especially touching when he talked about missing out on young Pat's youth and wanting to connect with him now before it was too late -- I never saw DeNiro cry in a movie before. I'm still trying to figure out who Randy was, though!
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.