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Review: Cooper, Lawrence, De Niro Shine In Silver Linings Playbook

As movies go, romantic comedies have taken on a life of their own. What once was two separate genres, the two now have turned into one of Hollywoods most successful avenues. Many romantic comedies are just that. They lack depth and are bursting with corny scenes of lovers running through vacant parks often set to a James Blunt song. Romantic comedies that are more than this are few and far between. A trio of actors help to make Silver Linings Playbook more than just your average rom-com.

You can”t discuss this movie without first breaking down Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro. All three of these characters are incredibly

interesting and surprisingly well developed in just 122 minutes. Stepping out of his comfort zone, Cooper plays this role, a very tough one, with conviction. You are locked into his perverse psychological infrastructure as he rides a roller coaster

of emotion.

Jennifer Lawrence gives another stunning performance as a slightly less emotionally damaged heroine and friend to Cooper. Her ability to act without speaking, using just a small facial twitch to convey deep emotion are quickly making her one of the big screens biggest stars. Entering just her third year of acting in major films, Lawrence now has two Oscar worthy leading roles under her belt.


Finally, what can we say about Robert De Niro. For those of you expecting classic De Niro, you”ll have to look somewhere else. Silver Linings Playbook features a fragile De Niro, emotionally unstable and a perfect counterweight to his son (Cooper). It was completely unexpected and a pleasant surprise.

The rest of this movie is solid. There”s a mostly unknown supporting cast and the story is an original take on a classic progression. The little things are there though. Those little shots that look perfect will give this movie credit not only with audiences but with critics. Silver Linings Playbook is nominated for 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and nominations in all four acting categories (Jacki Weaver, who plays De Niro”s wife is the 4th).

Lawrence already has the Golden Globe for this role in her trophy case so it will be interesting to see if she can win the award that eluded her three years ago for her performance in Winter”s Bone. It would appear that only Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) stands in her way. The Academy Awards will be held in two weeks, on Sunday, February 24th.

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  • Comment by Tommy posted March 03, 2013 at 11:52

    Good movie