Silver Linings Playbook.Posted: November 22, 2012
I got the opportunity to see Silver Linings Playbook (2012) a few weeks ago at a prescreen. I was expecting to be completely in LOVE with it, so that might be why I wasn’t overwhelmed. I have had some time to think about, and in the spirit of the holidays, I am simply going to list the things I really liked about it.
1. Use of perspective.
When Pat, played by Bradley Cooper, is telling the story of the incident that ultimately led to his stint in a mental institution we see it from his perspective. I think it hits the audience harder that way. It wouldn’t have been as effective to just look at him as he told the story, even if he got tears in those big old blue eyes of his. Perspective is used in lighthearted moments too. You get Pat’s perspective as he checks out Tiffany’s…uh…assets. I felt like you had a good handle on Pat’s personality and intentions.
2. Chris Tucker.
He might be a ridiculous guy, but for some reason I like him. This is his first non-Rush Hour movie since 1998. You could see how he and Pat became friends at the hospital and I kept wanting him to get out of there for good. When you wanted Pat and Tiffany to acknowledge the elephant in the room he was there to do it.
3. They kind of sucked at dancing.
Tiffany and Pat do enter a dance competition, but they clearly shouldn’t have. Tiffany was told to find a hobby by her therapists and she chose dancing. Pat becomes her partner and if this were your run-of-the-mill RomCom then they would have ended up being good, but this isn’t that kind of movie. They are clearly out of place at this dance competition and their routine is ridiculous, but it doesn’t really matter. I think this was another excellent use of perspective. Most of the dance routine is shown from Pat’s view, not the audience, because the point wasn’t to see them dance.
This movie wasn’t about them becoming good dancers together, it was about both of them healing, or finding their respective silver linings. That might sound cheesy but it was kind of nice. Since seeing Silver Linings Playbook I have seen Lincoln, and I have to admit I definitely enjoyed Silver Linings Playbook more.
…and because I can’t resist one snarky comment: One could argue that Silver Linings Playbook is just one long “It’s only weird if it doesn’t work” Bud Light commercial…I’m looking at you De Niro.