I finally saw “Silver Linings Playbook” and I’m quite impressed with it.

Not so much with the jerky camera work and the moments of awkward laughter from theater patrons, but with the message of the movie.

I had an idea what it was about, mainly it starred Bradley Cooper and my future ex-wife Jennifer Lawrence (if she ever sees this one day, it’s gonna be a really awkward conversation… Okay, all my conversations are awkward, but endearing at the same time) as they try and readjust to their new lifestyles after going through some pretty traumatic events.

Cooper’s character, Pat, was admitted to a mental institution after nearly beating his wife’s lover to death after he caught them in the shower playing their wedding song. The song ends up being a trigger for brash and violent emotional outbursts. He’s an undiagnosed bipolar, which was discovered when he was admitted to the hospital.

J.Law’s character, Tiffany, is coping with the loss of her husband and trying to stay afloat from her old ways while dipping into them now and again. She’s a reformed sex addict who finds new outlets to express herself, namely dance.

Throughout the film we see Pat’s feeble attempts to reconnect with his estranged wife using Tiffany as middle-woman while Tiffany is using Pat to enter into a big dance competition in Philadelphia that her dead husband would’ve never entered. It’s a series of emotional ups and downs, will they, won’t they, screaming matches, and these tender moments that make you sad, but kinda happy.

Albeit the story a little predictable, it’s a predictable ending that you want to happen. It’s still a well-crafted uplifting movie. It’s one of the few times I was mad at myself for leaving the theater not having wept like a small child.

It’s a movie about loss and what to do after that loss is gone – and I don’t mean gone and you can get it back, I mean gone and you’re never seeing it again. It’s like Taylor Swift was a consulting producer on the set.

It’s beating into your head that a silver lining exists no matter how rough or bad the situation may be, that’s an awesome message to deliver unto the masses of people who may feel beaten after the past couple of months.

It’s a reminder that things get better, but only if you work at them and want them to happen.

Oh, and awkward dance moves will always score big with the Russian judge.


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About ryantpoole

Ryan T Poole is a former broadcast public relations specialist and morning show producer. His time is spent updating this blog, watching and analyzing TV and movies, reading, listening to music, taking care of his pets, and refocusing his energy into more productive outlets. He likes cold coffee, hot tea, long conversations, and obscure references.

One response to “Excelsior!”

  1. Lily Wight says :

    I’m looking forward to this one, nice to see your future ex winning a Bafta award last night 😉

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