Original post found at: PhoenixWave Blog
In December of 2012, Silver Linings Playbook made it’s big debut. Only there was one problem – it decided to come out at the end of a year that was already bombarded by Oscar worthy films such as Lincoln, Argo, Life of Pi, Les Miserables, Django Unchained & Zero Dark Thirty. Despite that – it was nominated for more categories than I think anyone would’ve expected and showed that it was a force to be reckoned with. For me, I would also say that this is the film that has now put Jennifer Lawrence on everyone’s “oh my gosh she is so amazing” list. True she was nominated for her performance in Winter’s Bone – but she showed she can out perform the best of them by winning not just one of the main awards the following year but all three. (she won an Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG award for Best Actress among many others)
Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything – mainly the love of his life, Nikki. We find Pat living back with his parents after spending time in a state institution. Even though they’re divorced/separated, Pat has decided that he will reforge himself and go about things with a much more positive attitude in order to win his wife back. Although, everything becomes complicated along the way once Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence).
There will always be a part of me that is dirty & sloppy. But I like that. Just like all the other parts of me. - Tiffany
Yes, I know that it’s odd to suggest watching this movie again even though it’s only been roughly a year since it’s initial debut, but you need to. There are so many scenes in this movie that are superb. It does everything right and doesn’t leave anything out. The acting is amazing – Bradley Cooper would’ve won so many awards for his performance had it not been for the juggernaut known as Daniel Day-Lewis. (seriously he has to be a machine or something) Not to mention the well rounded supporting cast. Even Robert De Niro gained an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for a role that was out of his normal scope of a “Goodfella” persona. The writing was more than perfect. Listen to Bradley and Jennifer in the more intimate settings like the diner and how well they deliver line after line of the dialogue – try and tell me that isn’t good writing!
Ok, so if that wasn’t enough to get you to watch this movie again then perhaps this scene will. In the film, Pat and Tiffany enter a dancing competition that is really meant for professionals. Granted they have practiced but they never make mention that they consider themselves to be in the same league as the other competitors. Nor are they. Throughout much of the movie you’ve watched the two practice their routine and they make you believe that what they’re going to do will in fact be as good as their competition. What transpires once they get there is just short of astounding, compared to what I was expecting.
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