Excelsior! The Critic Reviews Silver Linings Playbook

This seems to have very little resemblance to the title…

To understand SLP you must accept that mental illness is rarely interesting every second and is mainly frustrating at the very least for those suffering it. It flips from one moment to the next and can contain ridiculous conversations that might seem to justify the delusions many of us face. So all in all Silver Lining made a decent attempt at the honest truth.

We meet one man who is obsessed with his wife who has a restraining order on him free he almost killed the man she was having an affair with. He is bipolar and is attempting to get his life back on track and is desperate to explain away, in letter form of course, his every failed attempt at sanity.
Then there is a grieving widow who has slept with many men as in a way she blames herself for his death – he was getting her lingerie to spice things up when he was hit by a car.
They start dancing in a twisted deal to help each other make progress. What’s amusing is sometimes the sane people appear to be more. Crazy than the rational clinically crazy man and woman. Lets face it, we’re all a little bit crazy.
The style f this film lent itself well to the story and it was great to see these two characters subtly change their lives, and realise what is important to them. It is not a rom-com although it contains both romance and comedy. It is a view of life which hints at beauty within a darkly spun joke. I would recommend this, mainly because anyone who has experienced mental unhealth (in themselves or others) will see truth in this and hopefully walk away feeling better about the hand that was dealt us.

Rating: 4/5


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