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February 5th 2013 01:23
: This Year's Little Miss Sunshine
Life doesn't always go according to plan. Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything - his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat's parents want is for him to get back on his feet - and to share their family's obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.

Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver

This film just comes out of nowhere - I had seen trailers of it over the months and thought nothing of it really. It looked like a typical B grade romantic comedy in the vain of Meet the Fockers. But then it got nominated for so many Academy Awards and I thought the Academy were out of their minds (they still are for overlooking Affleck, Tom Holland from The Impossible, The Impossible in general and Suraj Sharma from Life of Pi - but that is another article or three ) so I took a bit more notice. I like Cooper, I love Weaver, De Niro is sold out and washed up and Lawrence is the tough chick from The Hunger Games. Then why oh why is it so good?

Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver

Have a spare few hours in the city on a rainy Friday afternoon, grab your great mate and head to the film! Check! And then started this year's Little Miss Sunshine. A dark dark comedy - a lot darker than Sunshine but same premise. It is harmless, it is a beautiful story, it is acted superbly and it is touching, truly heartfelt touching.

Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver

The Weinstein Co. bought the rights to the book before it was even published and had intended for Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella to produce, before they both died in 2008. That was unfortunate. But this led to great things and the silver lining of the film. If this didn't happen then the film would never have reached the greatness it did. The film went through director's being considered, and it ended up with David O. Russell (The Fighter) - the film scored it's passion because Russell's son is OCD and Bi Polar. It also deals with strong family ties, complex relations and relationships. Russell also chose Cooper over Wahlberg, who was originally cast in the role. Then came Jennifer Lawrence, who stepped into the role after Anne Hathaway had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts. Weird that one - the role was also auditioned for by Angelina Jolie, Rachel McAdams, Olivia Wilde, Elizabeth Banks, Blake Lively, Rooney Mara, Kirsten Dunst and Andrea Riseborough before Russell chose Lawrence. Now the pattern I am seeing here is superb direction and production already, did Russell see the brilliance he was weaving together? But if this starred Wahlberg and Jolie - it would never even get an Oscar look in - it was the subtle combinations of personalities that made this film and brought together by a beautiful ensemble cast of acting talent.

Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver

Bradley = BRILLIANT - would be stoked if he scored the Oscar off DDL. Then Lawrence = BRILLIANT - I never would have thought it but the chemistry between these two is superb - it is dark but it is superb. De Niro = BRILLIANT - honestly his best acting role since, probably, Men of Honour in 2000. His talent shines in this film and the reflections you get to see between his character and Cooper's character are beautiful to watch - De Niro has redeemed himself for all those shit roles! Weaver = BRILLIANT - the woman is amazing and I love her. Her and De Niro make a perfect couple and her accent is flawless. Lawrence was more impressed with one of her co-stars over the others. "I met Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, and Jacki Weaver all at the same time," she remembers. "Robert De Niro is standing right next to Jacki Weaver, and I go straight to Jacki and am like, 'Oh my God, I love Animal Kingdom! I love you!'"

Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver

This film and the success of it and many other films is it's orchestration. You need beautiful music, superb orchestra and a brilliant maestro and then it is flawless. That is what this film is. I have only one small gripe that bugged me, about a third of the film in I was wondering where it was going? would it be this dark all the time? would I start to get bored with it? But as soon as I asked these questions to myself it completely answered them with resounding NOs - and this makes me believe they wanted us to ask those questions, they wanted us to enter the relentless and uncontrolled dark mind of the mentally unstable and get us there and then let us see where things could go and for this I love the film more and more.

Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver

It is one of those films you walk out of glowing, I walked out kind of melancholy. Toby, who I took with me, was once the love of my life and also my first true partner. We are both great friends now and would never go back there but we both walked out wanting that perfect love moment when we were meant to feel like the most special people alive. Through all the complete abrupt directness of the characters and the film at its heart this is a beautiful love story. It will make you glow. And the good thing - it is a film made for couples, it caters to men and women and both of you will leave feeling satisfied.

Silver Linings Playbook is out now and I urge you to do yourself a favor and watch this one soon! I rate this one 10 out of 10 Tapping Coopers!

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Comment by CodySheehan

March 2nd 2013 04:04
OMG- new fav movie!!

Lawrence won that Oscar hands bloody down.

Loved her, loved Cooper. Their chemistry (as you say) is without a doubt so on key.

Having not seen Argo, I can't compare films but would imagine it would have been very very stiff competition.

Also having not seen Lincoln, can't compare Cooper to DDL. But again the competition would have been fierce.

Just simply amazing

Comment by Jason King

March 2nd 2013 20:01
Thanks for the comment Cody.

I thought Lawrence was great, I thought Watts in The Impossible was better though.

Argo is spectacular, Lincoln is soooooooo boring I could not even bother writing the review, although all the acting was brilliant.

I thought best Oscar should have gone to the kid from Life of Pi but he wasn't even nominated.

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