Pat (Bradley Cooper) is remaking himself. After a breakdown, a restraining order and a stay at a psychiatric hospital, he is trying to win back his wife, please his family and learn to function in the everyday again. He meets the mysterious Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), and they make a deal to help each other out. An unexpected bond between them starts to form, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.
At first glance, this seems like your average family drama, comedy and love story movie. But it’s not. Even though it has the classic dramaturgical structure of its genre, it manages to capture and keep its audience throughout the movie. Bradley Cooper, alongside with Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro amongst others, truly captures the essence of their characters and portrays them with a very realistic vulnerability.
This was one of those rare, perfectly balanced meals. There’s not one taste that dominates the others, and it’s perfectly seasoned with witty, serious and well written dialogues and spot-hitting comments. It’s one of those films where you enjoy every moment and where you catch yourself smiling, frowning, gasping and, not to mention, laughing out loud.
During the two hours, the audience got to not only know the characters, but to love them as well. By focusing on little details and characteristics, the movie creates a genuine bond between the audience and the characters, and you end up feeling like you’re a part of what’s happening on the screen.
I would highly recommend this movie. Silver Linings Playbook has accomplished finding that fine balance between being a hilarious, yet serious and heartwarming movie. We can all relate to having flaws and not being able to accept them for being a part of who we are, and we can all learn from Pat’s road to remaking himself; It’s about taking all the negativity and use it as fuel to find a silver lining.