“Director David Owen Russell hits the mark again” by John Donnelly

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His latest offering “Silver linings playbook” is a film based on the novel written by Matthew Quick. A dark, humorous story that revolves around the main character Pat Solitano Jr., played by Bradley Cooper, who is being treated for a Bipolor disorder. The trigger for his condition seems to stem from when he discovered his wife in the shower with another man. In a blind rage he almost beats the man to death.

Pat is trying to come to terms with his sense of reality and can’t seem to grasp that life has moved on since he was hospitalised. His wife after placing a restraining order on him has moved away and his father, played by Robert De Niro, who while out of work, turns to gambling to finance his dream of opening a restaurant.

During this emotional rollercoaster Pat finds solace when he meets Tiffany, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who is a neurotic widow. Together they help each other deal with their difficulties.

The casting for this feature is excellent, Bradley Cooper surpasses the challenge of portraying the dysfunctional lead character with his believable, intense performance. Jennifer Lawrence receives a best actress academy award for her special treatment of the character Tiffany and DeNiro breathes life into yet another memorable role as he plays the superstitious, gambling father whose idiosyncrasies include ritualistic behavioural patterns that must be observed during the football games to bring luck.

David Owen Russell deals with the subject of Bipolar behaviour thoughtfully while managing to maintain a sense of humour throughout the film. Having previously entertained us with “Three Kings” and “The Fighter” among others this director will surely be one to watch out for in the future.

As the film is no longer available in the cinema it will be released on DVD/Blue Ray March-May 2013.

Movie trailer link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj5_FhLaaQQ

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