Last evening I took in my 5th Best Picture Nominee so far as I finally had the opportunity to watch ‘Silver Linings Playbook’. This movie, which is also up for 7 other Academy Awards next month, is an adaption of a book of the same title that was written by Matthew Quick.
‘Silver Linings Playbook’ is the first film in 31 years to secure nominations in all four acting categories: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, and just the 14th movie ever to do so. It is also the first film in 8 years to secure nominations in each of the big five categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.
I really enjoyed this movie and I can fully understand all critical acclaim it is garnering. The story was wonderful, it had its lighter moments for laughs, but it was also able to tug at the heart strings as well.
Its exploration of bi-polar disorder and how it affects the everyday nature of people’s lives was well done as well. It also highlighted how even “normal” people suffer from lighter variations of situations like this, which was a nice change of pace.
Wonderful performances take place throughout the entire film, from Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in the leading roles, through Robert De Niro in a supporting role, all the way to Chris Tucker, perfectly cast as a fast talking patient friend of Cooper’s character, and all of these actors bring to light their characters throughout the entire film.
Even at two hours in length, the pacing was well done in this movie to not make that feel like a long time at all, and in all honesty, this was never more evidenced by the fact that I only saw a single person leave the theatre during the entire movie for an obvious bathroom break.
‘Silver Linings Playbook’ slots in as my second favourite of the five Best Picture nominees I have seen so far from 2012, sitting only behind ‘Argo’ so far, but ahead of ‘Django Unchained’, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and ‘Les Miserables’. So yes, I would recommend this movie as being well worth seeing.
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