Written December 05, 2012
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 November 23, 2012
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 November 20, 2012
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 December 09, 2012
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 January 28, 2013
I found this to be a very enjoyable character-driven film. It's over-arching theme focuses on how we are all, in our own ways, "crazy." A true-to-life depiction of both bi-polar and depression. Excellent performances by Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence & Robert DeNiro. I loved the climax of the story; people in the theater I was in were actually clapping! This is a must see!