Silver Linings Playbook (15, 122 mins)
Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher, John Ortiz
Director: David O Russell
Released: Wednesday November 21
Writer-director David O Russell is destined for awards glory with this quirky romance about an emotionally bruised thirty-something struggling to piece his life together after the ultimate betrayal.
Adapted by Russell from the novel by Matthew Quick, Silver Linings Playbook embraces comedy and tragedy with equal fervour.
Joy walks hand in hand with heartbreaking loss and to appreciate pleasure, characters must first endure exquisite pain.
Silver Linings Playbook is a delight, harking back to adorably quirky and sweet comedies from director Russell’s early years.
Cooper proves he is more than a pretty face, exposing the fear and vulnerability behind his character’s torment, while Lawrence is luminous as a grief-scarred misfit who is terrified of opening her heart only to have it shattered again.
Molten screen chemistry between the leads and zinging one-liners ensure the film never drags its heels, even in the climactic dance-off that cha-chas rather too willingly to the beat of rom-com convention.
n Swearing, Sex, Violence n Rating: 8/10