Friday, December 21, 2012
Silver Linings Playbook
You know what? Today is December 21, and all year I have been torturing myself to come up with suitable synopses in my movie reviews. In the review I just wrote, I used the "official" synopsis instead - I don't know why it took me so long to think of that. I could have saved myself a lot of grief this year! On that note:
Life doesn't always go according to plan. Pat Solatano has lost everything - his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and father after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat's parents want is for him to get back on his feet - and to share their family's obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.
I really liked it. I thought Bradley Cooper was great and I found it refreshing to see him in a likeable role. It was funny in a quirky way, and I think the comedy held through to the very end. The characters of Pat and Tiffany were both flawed but I really liked them together and was rooting for them to get together. And also (!!!) Silver Linings Playbook is kind of a dance movie in disguise, which automatically gets it points in my book, as anyone who knows me can vouch that "dance" is my favorite genre of movie. Overall, really enjoyable. 8.5 out of 10.