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Reasons Why I Loved / Cried While Watching “Silver Linings Playbook”

12 Mar

If you have not seen this movie, you really should. I wanted to see it as soon as I saw a trailer for it, yet I hadn’t gotten the opportunity to until today. Yes, I took a mental-health-vacation of 2 hours out of my PhD-crazy day to go to a matinée showing. By myself. It was amazing.

I snuck in a scone, a peanut butter cookie, and a medium coffee from my favorite coffee shop (yes, I was totally undetected. To be fair, it was 1pm on a Tuesday, so…) and sat myself down in the back of the theater. 2 hours of no phone, no internet, and a whole lot of Bradley Cooper. He’s only among the reasons for my strong desire to see this Oscar-nominated flick.

So, here goes my list, in no particular order (I’ll try not to give away any spoilers):

  1. As mentioned before: Bradley Cooper. ::swoon::
  2. Robert DeNiro cries. Yes, cries. And it is incredibly touching.
  3. They address different forms of mental illness, which hits home with some of the experiences that I’ve had. In the movie, Bradley Cooper’s character suffers from bipolar disorder (mood swings and delusions while under intense stress), Jennifer Lawrence’s character is a sex addict, and Robert DeNiro’s character has OCD (rituals, superstitions, and the like). The characters were so believable and you just wanted to reach out and hug them.
  4. Watching Chris Tucker teach Bradley Cooper how to dance is hilarious.
  5. “It can still be a date if you order Raisin Bran.”
  6. I’ve been to many of the places they go to in the movie. I used to live right up the street from the diner they go to on Halloween and I used to pass by the school where the characters worked all the time while I took the train in to the city. It made me miss Philadelphia a lot.
  7. When they pass by the movie theater on Halloween, the horror movie that is playing is “Midnight Meat Train”, which my sister told me about many moons ago, starring Bradley Cooper. It got decent reviews from the big-wigs, but most people who tell me they’ve seen it say it was a “train wreck.” I’m sorry I’m not sorry for that pun.
  8. They gave me a really quick synopsis of Hemingway’s “A Farewell To Arms”. I’ve been meaning to read it, but OB articles take up most of my time. The fact that I found time to write this blog post is slightly astounding.
  9. The therapist was a really nice guy. Not like one of those, “Tell me how that makes you feeeeeel…” or “If you read my book, I discuss all about …” types. He was real. I would like him to be my shrink.
  10. Jennifer Lawrence is TheBomb.com. Plain and simple.

So there you have it. Have you seen Silver Linings Playbook? Did you love it as much as I did? Or did you want to spoon your eyeballs out with a melon baller?

 

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The Review with the Dragon Tattoo

21 Dec

**No spoilers, but I don’t want to psychologically affect your future viewing of the movie if/when you do see it. Read on with caution.

For weeks leading up to the release of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo I had been stalking my favorite movie theatre’s website waiting for pre-sale tickets to become available. Finally, this week I found tickets for a showing last night – a day earlier than the national release of the movie! While this isn’t a movie review blog by any means, I thought I’d share my thoughts.

First, I think it must be incredibly difficult to capture all of the raw emotion that’s available in the book version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. It’s an incredible story with multi-faceted characters that are hard to depict in a movie.

Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist was great. Craig did quite an attractive job (double meaning!) playing the part of the dashing journalist. However, the opening credits did remind me of a Bond movie, which seemed out of place for the movie. The music on the other hand was perfect. Big ups to Trent Reznor and company for putting together a killer soundtrack. The music did not distract from the action at all. New version of “Immigrant Song” by Led Zepplin? Yes please.

I liked Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander, but I didn’t love her. Truthfully, I thought she looked more hard-core in all of the print ads she did for the part than she actually did in the movie. Lisbeth is supposed to be filled with hatred because of all of the abuse she has undergone throughout her life, but I felt like Mara’s version of hatred was more of a blank stare.

Even though the movie was 2.5 hours long, I would have really liked some deeper character development. I felt bad for the other people in the audience who may not have read the book and would be cheated out of knowing the real backstory of some of the characters. I think they could have cut out the solid chunks of time where Mara is naked (holy crap, there was a lot of sex in that movie) to really delve into some history.

Least favorite part: they switched up quite a few things in the story to save time or whatever it was they thought was a good idea. You’ll see what I mean when you see it. Maybe I’m just too critical. I remember feeling the same way when I saw the first Harry Potter movie but I can understand that when adapting a book into a screenplay, some concessions can/will be made.  We’ll just never know if Larsson would have approved of the changes…

Side note: I’ve read the book twice – once in book form and once as an audiobook. When they were describing the really dark parts, I felt more uncomfortable listening to the audiobook description than when I actually read the words. I felt similarly damaged after leaving the theater as well. It seems too real when you hear or see it rather than read it.

Overall – the movie was good!, but I would really suggest reading the book. If you’re a big fan of literary adventure, nothing beats the description and imagery that Stieg Larsson paints in the Millennium Series.

Happy Reading/Watching!!