Despite all the college rejection letters that I’ve recently been receiving, I found myself really enjoying Silver Linings Playbook. No, that’s an understatement. I loved the film. What a beautiful movie. I have to first applaud the actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro. Especially Jennifer Lawrence. I have no doubt her career has just started: first The Hunger Games and now this? She is a star on the rise, no doubt. Putting her age aside, she has a knack, a special gift, that is evident in her eyes. The character she acts out is totally transformed by the way she decides to present her eyes. They speak the words that she makes for herself. The screenplay is beautiful, but she adds more to the character significantly, making anybody in the audience, both boys and girls, both adults and children, relate to the character’s experiences, making it universal more than ever. And she’s playing a sex-addict widow who loves to dance. I can’t think of another actress who has made my bridge to the character that significant. I loved her in The Hunger Games and I loved her in this. And I am not ashamed to admit: I think I teared up a bit from her acting. She really did add a new dimension to this beautiful character.
Then there’s the writer-director David O. Russell. For a single-man show, it was brilliant. Even if it weren’t him alone, it was brilliant. The dialogue and the directing all combined to make this amazing movie. I MUST watch it again to study his directing. I missed so much just watching it once.
So in all, it was one of my favorite movies of all time. I haven’t seen Argo yet, but I must say, this was definitely my favorite movie of this year. I think it’s also because I love romantic-comedy movies…but still. Furthermore, I think it reminded me a lot of Natalia. The dancing and the quick hot temper and all. And the honesty of all the words that are spoken. Yeah, that’s another part I missed— the script is so honest. It gets you thinking the entire time whether you, yourself, are in need of therapy or whether the world around you is so fake, just as Lawrence’s character puts it. Omigod, I think I need to watch it over again and take notes this time.
And if you watch it, pay attention to cinematography too. It’s fantastic.
I’m so doing this film a disservice.
Victor T. Paulsen