It’s no secret that director and screenwriter David O. Russell loves to tackle story lines with big themes. From Three Kings to I Heart Huckabees and The Fighter, the Academy Award nominated director knows the importance of building character relationships. This time around Russell brings us a story centering around two characters trying to step back into the natural swing of the real world after just being released from institutionalization. There’s much to forward to as this dramedy appears to be light in nature, but filled with much darker subtext.
Based on Matthew Quick’s best-selling novel of the same title, the film centers around the new life of Pat Peoples (Bradley Cooper) as he tries to make a life for himself after recovering from depression that hit after his wife left him for another man. Pat moves in with his parents (Robert De Niro & Jacki Weaver) with plans to win back his wife by becoming the man she’s always wanted him to be. Unfortunately, his plan doesn’t go as smoothly as he’d like. He soon meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) who’s dealing with the same psychological complexities as Pat; her husband passed away not too long ago. Together the two will try to become apart of society as they help each other move away from the past and onto the future in which they could be more than friends.
Jennifer Lawrence has such a natural aura about her. Whenever she’s on screen she commands attention, but not in a distracting way. With The Hunger Games being her biggest film to date, the young actress really made her own path after her stellar performance in Winter’s Bone. She’ll be in production for the next 8-10 months as she films Catching Fire and X-men: First Class 2 back-to-back. And with her new horror flick, House at the End of the Street, hitting theaters this September, Lawrence appears to be taking stabs at all genres. Silver Linings Playbook will push Lawrence into a role and genre we’ve never experienced her in before. Her character Tiffany is grownup and she has a dry sense of humor; very different from the coming-of-age teen roles she’s portrayed before.
An Amazing Supporting Cast
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are back by an amazing supporting cast which includes Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker and Julia Stiles. What else could you ask for in a supporting cast?! Everyone wants a father like De Niro, and Chris Tucker… that was quite a surprise. It’ll be good to see the comedian in a different light. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
Directed and written by David O. Russell this film hits theaters November 21st, 2012.
‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Movie Trailer