By Kayla Eichner, Reporter
A recurring theme in the film “Silver Linings Playbook” is that one incident can change a lifetime.
The film’s dialogue is fast, sharp and full of wit. The roles of Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro bring the story to life. The director, David O. Russell, gives brilliant insight to the struggles of mental illness that makes the story relatable and unique today.
The film is centered on the life of Pat Solatano, played by Cooper, after he is released from a mental hospital for a violent bipolar outburst that cost him everything. Pat’s determination and need to fulfill his goal of excelsior, moving forward or finding the silver lining, leads him to Tiffany, played by Lawrence, who turns out to have her own issues. The two bond over their faults and problems, and decide to help each other to get back on their feet. Pat and Tiffany seem like wrecks and the two worst people for each other, but through them we see the reality of love. In short, the film is a dramatic-comedy with undertones of a love story.
“Silver Linings Playbook” is nothing like the typical “boy-meets-girl” love story. It’s something completely unique and different from the norm. The story was beautifully written kept you on your toes wondering what could possibly happen or be said next. There could not have been a better cast for this film. Cooper and Lawrence molded their comedy and serious backgrounds into a beautiful piece of art. The chemistry and dynamics between the characters created that family-community feel.
The film focused on the struggles of mental illness like bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). It shows how patients and families go through the motions of episodes and work together to put the disorder at ease or even overcome the disorder. This makes the film relatable to more viewers and closer to home with a real message. It digs into the real emotions that bring people together and keep people moving forward.
The film has critics giving it a five-star rating, which is tough to come by these days. But the film is worthy of the rating.
Lisa Schwarzbaum from Entertainment Weekly calls it, “A crazy beaut of a comedy that brims with generosity and manages to circumvent predictability at every turn.”
The film is nothing like you’ve ever seen before. It grabs your attention from the first second and keeps hold until the credits start rolling. The humor is undeniable. The film touches every emotion and will strike something within everyone.
Tom Long from Detroit News wrote, “It shouldn’t work – there’s just too much going on. But it does. Spectacularly. Go see it.”
You will walk out of the theater with a chuckle, smile on your face and peace in your heart. It will get you thinking on the little things that make life worth every moment. Maybe you will be able to find your silver lining. Excelsior!