Film Review: Silver Linings Playbook


Dave and I went to the cinema at the weekend! It was lovely. An unexpected treat; a chance for us to go out together and enjoy each other’s company without the kiddies. Just a couple of hours, but it’s wonderful how much of a recharge that has been for me.

We watched Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Nero.

Normally, when I watch a film I want to see blood, explosions, big car chases and all sorts of action. I rarely go see a romcom or chick flick or arty piece. I just don’t. However… this… which probably would be catagorised as a ‘chick flick’ was brilliant! I only wanted to see it because of Bradley Cooper, but I feel justified now. Jennifer Lawrence (you may know her as Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games) was also a pleasure to watch too. I’ve decided that I like her a lot. And Robert De Nero is of course… Robert De Nero. What more do I really need to say?

The film follows a man, recently released from a mental care home having viciously and almost fatally attacked his wife’s lover eight months prior. He returns home intending to improve himself and demonstrate that he is better so that he can pick up where he left off with his wife, convinced that their relationship is one of a kind and special. On the way, he meets another girl with similar difficulties to his own and the pair form an unlikely friendship. Awww, right?

I know nothing about depression as a mental illness. There are people around me who suffer from or who have suffered from in the past and the impression I get from the film is that the subject was handled tastefully, respectfully and genuinely. For that I love the film all the more. I have been told – by people who would know – that the film does indeed handle the issues respectfully and tastefully so my hats off to them. I would assume that the chap that wrote the book the film is based on – Matthew Quick – has done his research. The book was released in 2008, I really feel that I should go find it now.

For a gentle, not at all sickly, often funny film, I would recommend this in a heartbeat. While it lacks the action and guts of most films I watch, it really was enjoyable with an incredibly satisfying (if not unexpected) ended. Do it. 🙂

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About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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