The Curt Critic featured in the Wisconsin State Journal

The Curt Critic in the news: This recent Wisconsin State Journal article is validation that Liz Zélandais' quest to see all 53 Oscar-nominated films for 2013 is a fascinating enterprise worthy of public interest, rather than merely nuts.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Silver Linings Playbook - 2013 Oscar Nominee for Best 1) Picture, 2) Actor, 3) Actress, 4) Supporting Actor, 5) Supporting Actress, 6) Directing, 7) Adapted Screenplay, and 8) Film Editing

"You let me lie to you for a week?"
"I was trying to be romantic."

The odd juxtapositions of mental illness, ballroom dancing, and football all come together in a dazzling melange in Silver Linings Playbook. Bradley Cooper (as Pat Solitano, Jr.) finally brandishes real acting chops—in addition to his dependably charming good looks—and the on-screen chemistry between him and Jennifer Lawrence (playing Tiffany Maxwell) has a believable reticence crossed with a sizzling undercurrent of irresistibility.

Released from a psychiatric unit, Pat Jr. is living with his parents (played by Jacki Weaver and Robert De Niro) and trying to get his life together. His greatest focus is reconciling with his estranged wife, Nikki. Never mind that restraining order. Then he meets Tiffany, recently widowed and fired from her job for sleeping off her depression with everyone in the office.

Director David O. Russell was first attracted to this story (based on a novel by Matthew Quick) because of the family relationships and the connection to his own 18-year-old son Matt, who is bipolar and has OCDand makes a cameo appearance in the movie.

Despite a story line riddled with clichés and a predictable rom-com trajectory (could that be why we keep watching them?), the unique quirks and stellar ensemble performance make Silver Linings glitter.

1 comment:

  1. You know, I enjoyed this movie, but just can't see why it's nominated for best picture. But this is coming from someone whose favorite rom-com is "Breakfast at Tiffany's!" So, maybe today's rom-coms just don't speak to me like the old ones. I like "Dirty Dancing" better than this movie and it wasn't nominated for best picture but did get a Golden Globe.