The Must See Movie: Silver Linings Playbook
Wow! Most reviews give it four stars, I give it five stars. I say, you must see it. The acting, dialogue and story line are near perfect on many levels. Its a film with no sex, some F words, about two characters with minor "mental" issues stemming from lost love. Love can provoke actions that people normally would not do. Its a dangerous emotion in a loss or breakup. It does make people seem crazy.
In a nutshell, that is the movie's theme. The three actors that carry the whole film is Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. De Niro is Cooper's father. He wants to spend time with his adult son, who went briefly into a psychiatric hospital after losing control when he caught his wife in the shower with a man who he also worked with. There was no murder or fight, but Cooper's wife, left him. Cooper did (as we are told) beat the guy up badly. Lawrence was married to a police officer who was killed when he tried to do a good deed. Both Cooper and Lawrence have gone eccentric at their losses. Both are coping and seeking love again but it is all still very raw. With both of them, certain music or situations trigger certain reactions usually brash emotion they later regret. De Niro has his own issues- a father and son issue when both are adults, finding common ground, avoiding sore topics of the past. He has superstitions about winning football games, which are just an excuse to be with his son for father and son time.
All the characters have their own needs and must find solutions. For Lawrence and Cooper, they find it in a dance competition that is also tied to his father and his bet. The ending is classic but for awhile, I was not sure if it was going to end as I thought it might. It could have gone many ways. But, in true classic manner, love returns after Cooper realizes it is over between himself and his wife. In the end, all of the three characters get what they wanted.
This should get an academy award! There are silver linings in every bad event- somewhere!