Silver Linings Playbook is its own metaphor

The early season trailer for David O Russell’s adaptation left some scratching their heads as to the Weinstein’s involvement with such an obviously paint by numbers romantic comedy. And then there was the word from Venice and Toronto and… wow. Quoting from the Huffington Post article on the reception, at Toronto “it left most critics in attendance breathless”, citing quotes from Hollywood Elsewhere’s Jeffery Wells “This is one of the fastest, smartest and most satisfying love stories I’ve ever seen” or former Indiewire critic comparing the direction to Preston Sturges. Over at Rope of Silicon it’s the first (and still only) A+ movie this year. And then winning the audience award at Toronto International Film Festival gave us the year’s first bonafide frontrunner. Dave Karger picks it for the win.

But not so fast, when it arrived stateside a Beverly Hills screening resulted in some real contention over the film’s real prospects as a romantic comedy in the Best Picture race (http://hollywood-elsewhere.com/2012/09/oneil_stands_up.php). And now with Argo in wide release, well received and serious, Lincoln with a good reception and big dates ahead, and Les Miserables, always Les Miserables… Who would think that such a predictable comedy could be a real contender? Any serious folks know better right? Opinions cool, defections arise. Sure Lawrence will finally get her due, but past that…. eh.

But Russell has ’em right where he wants ’em. This is one for a 2nd date. A movie to go for a laugh after a contentious election season. Nothing really special. I mean, it even panders to the Dancing with the Stars crowd right? And then it’s Toronto all over again. “You have to do everything you can, and if you stay positive you have a shot at a silver lining.”

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