Thursday, May 2 2013, 12:40 PM MDT
Blu-ray Review: Silver Linings Playbook
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Street Date: April 30, 2013
Available On: Digital Download, DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Synopsis: Pat (Bradley Cooper) returns home to live with parents (Jacki Weaver and Robert De Niro) after spending 8 months in a state institution. He’s determined to reunite with his wife, even if the chances are slim. When he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) he sees her as a possible go between him and his wife. With Pat nothing ever goes as planned.
Extras: Deleted Scenes, Q&A Highlights and “Silver Linings Playbook: The Movie That Became A Movement,” “Dance Rehersals,” “Learn To Dance Like Pat & Tiffany” and “Going Steadicam with Bradley Cooper” Featurettes.
Recommendation: Every so often a film comes along and rises above the traditional tropes of its genre. Silver Linings Playbook is that sort of film. David O. Russell’s adaptation of Matthew Quicks’ novel is an unpredictable, unusual and entirely engrossing romantic comedy. It’s also a beautiful look into mental illness and how broken people can mend and find happiness.
I love Pat’s character arc and the journey that it takes me on as an audience member. A similar journey takes place with Tiffany. Both Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, who won an Oscar for her performance, are wonderful and the duo have the perfect amount of awkwardness and chemistry to make their wonderfully strange on-screen relationship work. The supporting cast turns in some fine performances. Robert De Niro, Jackie Weaver and, as surprising as it might seem, Chris Tucker are wonderful.
Silver Linings Playbook was one of 2012’s best films. This isn’t news for those who have already watched the film. If you haven’t seen it, you really should.
-Ryan Michael Painter