Silver Lining Playbook
David O. Russel, based on the novel by Matthew Quick,
is such an impressive piece of filmmaking.
The lead character, played by an extraordinary Bradley Cooper,
is described as an undiagnosed bipolar locked up after a violent attack,
but is recovery and the sometimes coceyed support he gets from his loved
ones only exposes the fact that none of us are anything close to what
could be described as “normal”. He meets an umbalanced young
widow who promises to help him, in return for his help in achieving
one of her dreams. The entire movie has an impeccably cast, but is
Jennifer Lawrence the greatest surpirse.
She plays her character with an engaging aggressiveness that
lets her dominate every scene she’s in. That’s why she won the
Oscar as Best Acrtess this year. There’s a thin line to walk in crafting a
comedy about mental illness. Going about it in the wrong way could not
only result in something intensitive, but also foolish and overdone. Thanks to
Russel’s work, Silver Lining Playbook isn’t just a piece of entertainment
filled with appealing, fun characters, but also a film that gets how crazy
we all really are. In cinemas from 7th March.