Collecting a whopping 8 Oscar nominations, Silver Linings Playbook has exceeded all expectations and been crowned as the underdog film of 2012. The film has caused a significant, yet unexpected, buzz in the awards season – kicking off with the Golden Globes last week. With Jennifer Lawrence taking the golden trophy home, there is a lot of Oscar excitement that is to be anticipated as the film goes neck in neck with the likes of Argo and Lincoln.
The reason for the massive success of this film? The whimsical portrayal of life, without the rainbows and butterflies but with the comedy and madness. It portrays the story of Pat (Bradley Cooper) who loses everything – his marriage, job and mental balance – yet he has the drive and motivation to move forward. His father (Rober De Niro) and mother (Jacki Weaver) take him in, supporting and pushing him to get on with his life.
Pat’s disposition has changed as he is on a mission to get back with his wife and is prepared to do anything to get there. He enters a strange and unusual friendship with Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), who is fighting with her own demons to get back on her feet. Despite the serious issues and different realities, there is a comedy present throughout the film that contributes to a unique and enjoyable experience.
The juxtaposition of serious matters in a environment that a lot of the audiences can relate to is impeccable. There are no elaborate sets or overly dramaticized characters, just the plain old reality. All of the actors give an outstanding performance in this film – which has clearly been recognized. I think it was quite bold of Jennifer Lawrence to do this film while being engaged in The Hunger Games franchise, demonstrating her diversity and talent as an actress. Furthermore, I also have new respect for Bradley Cooper after this film as I didn’t expect him to give such a strong performance as Pat. They both play the unconventional romantic crazy perfectly, reaching a whole new level of romantic comedies.
Silver Linings Playbook is a remarkable blend of genres – offering audiences a glimpse into their own lives at one level or another. Even though there have been a lot of hits and misses last year, many films have been predictable – which is an element that this film lacks. It provides entertainment at it’s best, while giving the message a everyone can relate to: be the best version of yourself and find the one who you want to be the best for.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91%
Organized Clutter Rating: 97%