Romantic Comedies are not my cup of tea. I usually go for an art film, or a sci-fi flick or an epic-adventure movie, while I try to veer away from those f-rated slapstick movies. It may neither be a sci-fi flick nor a slapstick comedy, though it is considered as a rom-com, I want to call Silver Linings Playbook an artful dramedy that has a league of its own.
The film tells a story of Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) and his depressing struggles—losing his job, his house, and his wife—and his battle of picking up and starting over. Pat has been hospitalized due to anger issues that sparked when he found his wife, Nikki (Brea Bee) with another man. After a few weeks of treatment, Pat has been released (against medical advice) from the mental institution by his mother Delores (Jacki Weaver). Pat now finds himself living again with his mother and father Pat Sr. (Robert De Niro) and is determined to rebuild his life.
While his Dad tries to help him get back on his feet with the help of this crazy obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team, Pat is more obsessed with reconciling with his wife. Enter Ms. Tiffany to the scene. Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) is a very mysterious girl whom Pat met during one gauche dinner. Just like Pat, Tiffany has problems of her own. After a series of awkward confrontations, not to mention spending a lot of time running simultaneously, but not together (you have to see the movie to understand what I am saying), Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, for as long as he agrees to dance with her in a ballroom competition. With all of these comedic drama and hilarious scenarios, the two form an unexpected bond, and silver linings appear in both of their troubled lives.
Of all the movies nominated in this year’s Academy Awards, I enjoyed watching Silver Linings Playbook the most. Watching this film is like having an extra addicting dose of dysfunctional fun and long-lasting madness. What separates this movie to others is the terrific ensemble led by Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Every bit of cast is not a waste of film and everyone is astonishingly delightful to watch. It takes a lot of chemistry and timing in order to pull a perfect comedy, and the cast just bursts with an ample amount of it.
Both Cooper and Lawrence deliver such an amazing performance as the troubled couple. Their spark is on high intensity and their magical chemistry works. I think this is by far their best acting performances in their respective, ever-blooming careers. Both are charming and engaging to watch—Cooper does a very crazy, powerful performance, while Lawrence is a little dynamite that explodes the goods. I am genuinely and wholeheartedly rooting for the both of them for the upcoming Oscars.
Overall, Playbook is a pleasure to watch, as it remains to be socially relevant. Watching Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence is one enough reason why you should watch this film. Magic happens when there is perfect casting.
4.5 out of 5 stars