Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

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I had worries going into this movie. Sometimes, the amount of Oscar buzz can be alarming. I have been let-down by many a “it’s totally going to win best picture at the Oscars” movie. Also, as much as I love Jennifer Lawrence in all of her interviews, I had yet to be genuinely impressed by her acting.

Then again, a lot of her roles have been kind of similar: stoic, quiet but strong, young women coming into their own. Not always a ton of range.

But I was pleasantly surprised. In every way. Jennifer Lawrence was awesome – she was foul-mouthed and full of energy and pissed off and sad but a character and a believable one at that. And Bradley Cooper? Sir. Sir, you are more than just a (very fucking) pretty face. Even wearing a garbage bag, he was great.

And there was this scene. “What is and What Should Never Be” by Led Zeppelin was playing and it broke my brain. The emotions from that song did not – I repeat, did NOT – match what was happening on screen and yet it was perfect. It was some inspired shit and I want people to comment and tell me what they thought of that part. I’m not kidding you guys. I WANT TO KNOW.

I was generally really satisfied with the movie. It built believable relationships, Chris Tucker was in it (and he danced for a minute!), Robert DeNiro was Robert DeNiro. It was good. It was a really solid movie. There is only one reason I’m not giving it 5 stars:

I wasn’t amazed. I didn’t feel overcome with the desire to watch it again right away. I didn’t rush home to blog about it (I watched it about a week ago). I didn’t lose my shit over it. But I did really enjoy it. And I would recommend it to people.

**** stars

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