This movie was all over last year’s Oscars, though I didn’t see it. My dad decided to rent it, so I watched it with him. Despite knowing nothing about the film before watching it, I was impressed by it.
The three key points to this film are the acting, the dialogue, and the story.
Everybody kills their performance. Bradley Cooper was 100% believable, a likable character who, though seemingly naive at times, is easy to root for. Jennifer Lawrence deserved her win for this film, as she controls the screen when she is on it. Her emotional scenes as well as her casual ones were delivered masterfully. Lawrence became this character.
Tell me that I wasn’t the only one who noticed the Hunger Games jacket from the first running scene.
DeNiro nailed his role. Of course, his performance is full of plenty of lemon-faces and DeNiro-isms, but regardless, he was great.
There were a lot of powerful performances in this film, but they would equate to nothing if the script was poor.
The dialogue in this film is very interesting and natural. You never know what a character will say next. Humor is dusted across the script, offering variety from the frequent emotional and explosive scenes, which were amplified by thought-out dialogue. The scene that stands out and that will be remembered years from now is the parlay scene. Talk about acting chops and intensity.
The story was engaging and captivating. Even though conflict is around every corner, you can still find the silver linings and feel alright while watching this movie.
Silver Linings Playbook is a Filet. Check out this film.