Movie Review: The Silver Linings Playbook (A Film Adaptation).

the-silver-linings-playbook-matthew-quick-goodreadsI finally caught the movie adaptation of the book The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick yesterday.

It took me awhile to catch up but once I did, I realised how different the book and the movie were. They were stark differences between the two and I’m just going to give you guys a quick update on what I think about the movie.

The first difference I noticed was the pace of the movie. Granted the movie director and producer would not be able to match scene by scene with the book, but it looked as though the characters were thrown haphazardly into the movie and expected to perform and show the viewers what the plot was all about. Kind of like various vegetables tossed into a boiling pot of water and expected to cook at the same time (you know carrots, potatoes and cabbages all cook at different times). The opening scene where Pat Solitano’s friend Danny tried to sneak out of the mental facility was already the first scene that was not found in the book! Heck, the surname Solitano isn’t even in the book! Patrick was known as Pat Peoples in Matthew Quick’s novel but was otherwise known as Patrick Solitano in the movie.

The film was also quite fast-paced, raw and emotional. There were instances where the characters were pitched against one another. One scene that stood out was Tiffany’s confrontation with Pat’s dad in the living room after Pat, his brother Jake, therapist Dr Cliff, and best pal Ronnie were shipped home due to a public brawl at the football stadium before the match began. Another scene involved Tiffany screaming harassment when she stormed out of the diner where Pat was having dinner with her. A crowd formed and tried to drive him away. A policeman shows up anyway and tries to break it up. In the end, Tiffany takes Pat’s side and tells everyone to buzz off. Well, I certainly don’t recall reading it in the book, that’s for sure. However, the author was able to take his own time to build on the plot and expand on certain areas in his book.

After the movie ended, I went online to do some research on it and found that it won a whopping 33 awards between 2012 and 2013, including a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for Best Actress by Jennifer Lawrence (who played Tiffany in the film), Critics Choice Awards, an MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance by Bradley Cooper (who played Patrick Solitano in the film), as well as Best Director and Adapted Screenplay Awards. You can get the rest of the awards online. Jacki Weaver (Pat’s mom), Julia Stiles (Veronica, Ronnie’s wife), John Ortiz (Pat’s best friend Ronnie), Robert de Niro (Pat’s dad) and Chris Tucker (Pat’s friend Danny) were the other big names in the movie.

But what completely threw me off was the movie producer! As I watched the credits roll, I came upon the name of Harvey Weinstein! Good God, the movie was produced by the man whose name is surrounded by so much bad chi right now! His reputation has been torn to shreds by all the rape and sexual harassment allegations. Well, thankfully when he wrapped things up with the movie and it won the awards, he was in the clear.

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