My Take on Silver Linings Playbook
The Oscars may be perfect for some and may be questionable in their selection of winners for some, but there’s one thing for sure: They do let some untried movies come to light and help an audience like me watch give them a watch sooner than planned. Silver Linings Playbook is one of those films, which was not on my watch-list for another 6 months or so, but when I saw All the Acting nominations (actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress) and the best film, I thought I may have skipped something special here.
Silver Linings Playbook is a movie that deserves to be seen because of its core plot and its marvelous performances. I was so skeptical of Bradley Cooper being actually worthy of getting a Best actor nomination but after watching his performance I support the Academy’s decision. SLP is a fantastic movie that boasts of great performance. Its story is simple but the message is a very important one. SLP tells you to lose your fears and stop holding on to things that once were your support system but now have moved on with time.
Its a romantic comedy with moments of brilliance. What makes SLP a must watch are the performances by its lead actors. Bradley Cooper and Robert De Nero play their part really, really well. Jennifer Lawrence is simply brilliant. It feels great to see such a young actress perform so maturely in a role thats not really an easy one. She totally deserves the best actress award this year. My favorite performance, however, was Jacki Weaver’s portrayal of the caring mother and supporting wife. She is outstanding. She has relatively very few lines but its her eyers and her expression that do all the wonders. The shots of her standing in the back looking with care and hope at her son and her husband are the best parts of the movie for me. If anyone deserves an award this year- Its her. It was also good to see Anupam Kher do a relatively substantial role in a mainstream hollywood movie (rather than Anil Kapoor’s Mission Impossible substandard tamasha). He acts well and is very subtle and likable.
SLP is not your regular rom-com. Although, there are cliches but I believe the director had them just to make the audience believe in the characters. Watch it for its message and for the entertainment you will get. Watch it with zero or a lot of expectations and still, the performances will make you’d end up liking it a lot.
Go for it.
Silver Linings Playbook: 10 on 10.