Silver Linings Playbook
There's something about walking into a movie house without really knowing what you're about to experience. That's what happened last night when I was with my girlfriends and decided after dinner, to push the pause button on the busy-ness of the season and to catch a movie. As I sat myself down in my seat, it took me a while to calm the racing thoughts in my mind ... like "I really should be working right now" and "This is so indulgent of me to watch a movie when I have so many things I have to do. I must be crazy."
And then it started. Silver Linings Playbook. I knew nothing about it.
As the characters and multi-faceted storyline started to unfold, I became mesmorized. It stars Bradley Cooper, Jacki Weaver, Robert DeNiro, and the captivating Jennifer Lawrence.
The movie introduces us to characters who are in one way or another broken ... fractured ... injured ... and arguably crazy. As the ones deemed most crazy struggle to find normal again, we are challenged to question what exactly is normal and what exactly is crazy. And what type of crazy gets admitted to hospitals and prescribed medications and what type of crazy gets to walk free ... with a glass of chardonnay hand, and a plate of repression and passive aggression on the side.
Love ... and how our heart feels in the midst of the complexities of life ... no matter how normal we think we are, we empathize with characters who show us how deeply we all hurt as we feel what we feel, want what we want, don't get what we want, and get what we think we want.
The many interesting stories and characters and nuances ... at times felt dizzying but by the end of the film, became masterfully connected to help me realize that this life in many ways makes no sense but if we are lucky, it sometimes makes good sense.
And if we are really really lucky, life makes love.