Monday, 7 January 2013
Silver Linings Playbook Review
Like 50/50, Silver Linings takes a pretty serious topic that could have some serious and tragic results for the people involved and uses it to make the viewer laugh. It's easy to take afflictions and make us laugh. It's another thing entirely to make us laugh without having us lose respect and sympathy for those involved. Silver Linings does a great job of using comedy to tell a story about finding the blessing in disguise when your whole life is turned upside down and there seems to be no way out (a situation that three characters in this film face).
Here's a few words I thought I'd never communicate: This was a great performance by Chris Tucker. Even though he still had the annoying, high pitched voice (it's his voice and we have to deal with it), there was no air of the fast-talking "Vince Vaughnesque" personality that he almost always brings to his characters. He actually steals almost all of his scenes and is a silver lining in his own right because you think, "at least they're not him." And it doesn't stop there. All of the acting performances are very solid. But this is especially true of Cooper. He naturally has this look in his eye that can convey a bit of "controlled crazy" that can come in handy for just about any role. He used that in Silver Linings to portray a delusional character that slowly realizes what his life has actually become. There is also perfect timing in all of his delivery and actions.
Definitely see it. It's one of those that takes you through a range of emotion for two hours but the end result is "feel good."