Good news and bad news concerning my recent trek to see the much ballyhooed “Silver Linings Playbook.” The good news is that my string of seeing above average movies was extended to six. The bad news? It fell short of my high expectations. Keep in mind that in the last two months I’ve seen “Argo,” “Lincoln,” “Flight,” “Django Unchained,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” A pretty impressive list.
This might be a case of when you see a movie. After seeing all of those, my standards might have been a little askew. “Silver Linings Playbook” might have been one of the better movies I’d seen if I had gone to it before the others. But I didn’t. And it was “just o.k.”
Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro are fantastic in a story about a couple of people battling some mental health problems. And the movie is centered around the Philadelphia Eagles and their importance in the lives of middle class Philadelphia family. The movie is equal parts entertaining and predictable. And while I enjoyed it, I’m really not sure where all the Oscar “buzz” for this movie is coming from. I left the theater wishing it had been just a little bit better. I also left the theater wishing I had more Peanut Butter M&M’s. Those things are awesome.
So anyway, go to this movie. It’s feel good and harmless all rolled into one. But keep in mind, all of those other movies mentioned are a better option.
Silver Linings Playbook: 3 out of 5 stars.
Popcorn, Diet Coke, Peanut Butter M&M’s. They really taste good with the popcorn. I think it’s some kind of salt and chocolate deal.