2012 / Director. David O Russell.
Bradley Cooper was robbed at the Oscars. His performance in SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK is exceptional. The film itself was divisive amongst people I know. Some loved it while others hated it... although I'm not quite sure why they hated it. Perhaps it was some of the typical rom-com conventions that turned them off but whatever the case the film resonated with me. It has come from a personal place with director David O Russell tapping into his own life of having a loved one with bi-polar disorder. His screenplay feels sincere. Bradley Cooper dug real deep for this role and he channelled something special. I've known several people with bi-polar myself and I recognised so many traits in his performance. What he does on screen is reminiscent of Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. So good. Jennifer Lawrence is also excellent as the slightly crazy love interest. She's also reached deep for this role. Robert DeNiro and Jackie Weaver play his parents and both are equally good. It's the first role DeNiro has had with substance in a long time (welcome back, mate). I bided my time before watching the films because the hype and Oscar buzz surrounding it was off-putting. I'm glad I waited because my expectations were low and I let the story tell itself. It's a touching dramatic comedy. Yeah sure it might overindulge in the rom-com conventions but... so what? It works. I loved it.