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Silver Linings Playbook

26 May

Silver_Linings_Playbook_PosterI wanted to watch this movie for so long and today I finally did it. I debated whether or not I should wait and read the book first, but I had the DVD in my hands and just couldn’t resist watching it. Now I definitely want to read the book. Why? Because I want to find out what was changed from the book version.

The actors were great, some of the scenes were very funny, some felt very real, but there were still things I didn’t like so much. Now, if you haven’t seen the movie and doesn’t like spoilers, I suggest you stop reading right about now, because I can’t talk about the things I did or did not like without spoiling it for you. I mean it, I’ll mention things that will spoil the ending and you can’t get mad at me.

Okay, now for those of you who decided to stick with me and read this review, here it goes:

Yes, I did like the movie. Would I watch it again? I’m not sure about that. Yes, it was funny, and yes, it was awesome to see a movie where the main character has bipolar disorder and to see how that affects those around him. However, there were things that, to me, were too hard to believe.

First of all, why is Pat (Bradley Cooper) being so honest and so direct to Tiffany? Having bipolar disorder does not mean you have no social filter. People with bipolar disorder have mood swings, not a need to be direct no matter what. The fact that they made him ask inappropriate questions and make inappropriate comments was something I did not like in the movie. Maybe it was part of his therapy to tell the truth all the time, but that was not mentioned (unless I blinked when that happened) and he was not like that with everyone, so it makes no sense.

Another thing I didn’t like was close to the end, when Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) is hugging Pat and he looks at his (ex)wife, disengages himself from Tiffany’s arms, and walks towards his (ex)wife without saying a word. It doesn’t make sense. If he had said just a “wait” to Tiffany, she’d still have the same reaction, but it would make sense later. Somehow that seemed weak to me.

But all in all, the movie was nice. I liked the songs and the interactions between the characters. I think the actors were very good and that the movie was light and funny. I liked that they cast Jennifer Lawrence to play Tiffany even though they thought she was too young for the part. I liked that they didn’t make them win the dance or get a high score just for being different (although I thought it was a little pushy that the only judge who always gave every couple a score that was lower than all other judges did was the one to give them a higher score). I loved how the truth about the letter was revealed. And I really enjoyed the little jokes here and there.

So yes, I guess I did like the movie. But now I’m very interested in reading the book. I’ve already added to my holds list at the library.

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4 responses to “Silver Linings Playbook

  1. J.D. Gallagher

    May 26, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Saw this when it first came out. I felt the same way about the directness thing when he is around Tiffany. They kind of made it seem like this was a symptom of Bipolar. That is the impression I got and I will admit i know nothing about Bipolar on a personal level having never experienced it either myself or to anyone i know. But I have read about it.

    To me it was a kind of comedic effect, which I thought was kind of cheap and tacky, a kind of look at the crazy Bipolar guy saying crazy things. Isn’t that funny?

     
    • RedheadCarol

      May 27, 2013 at 11:35 am

      A very cheap one, in my opinion. And he was not like that with everyone in his life, so it doesn’t even make sense.

       
  2. oregonmike98

    May 27, 2013 at 2:51 am

    I really liked the movie and the interactions. I wondered about coopers characters also and why he was so direct. I wondered if maybe his character had a penchant for bottling up his thoughts and feelings in the past which caused issues. So him being direct and bluntwould kind of make sense. I also am looking forward to reading the book, hoping to get a bit more incite. Lawrence was amazing I thought. I added the soundtrack tomy wwriting playlist. Great blog red

     
    • RedheadCarol

      May 27, 2013 at 11:38 am

      It would make sense if he was trying to be open and honest with everyone. I agree about the soundtrack, it was really good. 🙂

       

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