Review: Silver Linings Playbook

Last night I got the chance to attend an advance screening of Silver Linings Playbook, the new film by David O. Russell (director of The Fighter and Three Kings), and starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro.

Let me just say three words: Go. See. It.

Charming, intense, emotional, upsetting, endearing, uplifting, funny — SLP is a tremendously well-told and jarringly human story, based on Matthew Quick’s novel. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence deliver a couple of fantastic performances, and the supporting cast is equally stellar.

One of my favorite movies of the year so far.

Silver Linings Playbook is released in the US on November 21.

Trailer:

 

The Book of Eli and the Word of God

Yesterday, I went and watched the new Denzel Washington movie, The Book of Eli. Denzel–who remains one of my favorite actors–stars as a mysterious wanderer, Eli, who journeys across post-apocalyptic America bearing a sacred book.

I’m not gonna say much more than that about the plot–I’d rather you go see it yourself. I enjoyed the sterling performances from Denzel, as well as from the supporting cast of Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, and Jennifer Beals; and I thought the story was nuanced and well-adjusted enough to avoid heavy-handedness or preachiness.

When you’ve gone and seen it, then we can talk about what it says about humanity, what it says about God, etc., etc. For now … I’m just gonna tell you to go see it. Here’s the trailer to pique your interest:

And on a related note, the movie reminded me of the importance of Scripture: of reading, speaking and hearing the Word of God. Hearing Denzel Washington reciting Psalm 23 was pretty sweet.