Review: Sliver Linings Playbook

Emily Keyes
Sports Editor

The Silver Linings Playbook looked stupid. Its first round of promotional commercials made it seem like yet another feel-good

(Photo: Google Images).

(Photo: Google Images).

“comedy of the year” movie that eventually ends up mixed in with TBS’ tireless round of rom coms and dramadies, the ones we have seen a thousand times but still find ourselves watching on lazy Sundays. Nothing about it stuck out, other than the main actress, Jessica Lawrence, who I have found to be both witty and inappropriate (a dynamite combination). Plus, it was about football, and anyone who knows me knows I do not like, watch, or understand anything about that sport. But, somehow I still found myself in the theatre on a gloomy Wednesday for a double feature of it and Les Miserables. After a harrowing three hours spent watching the drama of the French Revolution as portrayed by Russell Crowe’s sing-talking, I sat down to watch what I was sure was going to be a “meh” movie, something you tolerate, that might give you a few laughs, but is nothing special or extraordinary. I was wrong. This movie is hilarious, touching, and best of all, it has a unique plot. Elements of insanity and family are mixed together perfectly to create a truly pleasurable film. It is a movie that actually does have something for everyone. There is football, dancing, grief, many near-arrests, a few mental breakdowns, and a love story discreetly woven in. Bradley Cooper does a fantastic job of playing a bipolar man in his mid-30s, and Jessica Lawrence couldn’t be more perfect for the role of a sassy twenty-something dancer trying to cope with life after losing her husband. The music is spot-on, as is the casting of Robert DeNiro as an OCD, gambling father and Jackie Weaver as his supportive but anxious housewife, a woman trying to fix her family’s problems with “crabby snacks and homemades.” It is a movie that is absolutely worth the price of admission.

 

Not your Average Summer Flick: Review of Moonrise Kingdom

Lyle W. H. Hawthorne
Arts Editor

Caught somewhere in between a fairy tale and a study of dysfunction, Wes Anderson’s newest masterpiece, Moonrise Kingdom, addresses the struggles of growing up in a world of infidelity, bullying, and loss, through a celebration of quirkiness and individuality. The story is set in 1965, on a small fictional island of the coast of New England named “New Penzance”—actual filming locations range in and around the North East. Following the journey of two adolescents—Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman), an audacious 12 year old orphan, and Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward), the precocious daughter of two lawyers (played by Frances McDormand and Bill Murray)—Moonrise Kingdom weaves together a truly unique tale fraught with the awkwardness and magic of youthful summers.

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Sam, whose parents passed away many years previous, and is now a child of the foster system, puts his efforts and interest into learning about nature with the “Khaki Scouts;” while Suzy, the eldest of four, lives a life of troubled affluence. Dealing with unfaithful and distant parents, she immerses herself in books of fantasy and classical music. In face of such hardship, the two decide to abandon their respective lives in search of adventure into the unknown—subsequently turning the island town upside down as parents, scout masters, and police are forced to confront their own insecurities in the search for the two runaways.

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