THE HONEST MOVIE REVIEW PT.1 – SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK.

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TANUJ BANSAL.

I once knew someone who was bipolar and had Post-Trauma Stress Disorder and I remember how hard it was for those people who loved him, to take care him but that’s the only side normal humans acknowledge but nobody thinks maybe just for a second, how hard it really is for the person going through this, these both mental illnesses and all the other ones are of hell of a damn war with one’s self who is associated with these problems. Only the ones who have been through this war can understand how hard it really is and only the dead have seen the end of war. But people do move on, trust me they do and you don’t have to be the winner, you don’t need to win anything or even your own life but you need to be the survivor so you can have the chance of moving on and earn back the life you deserved, the one you really want.

Bipolar Disorder is known to make the one who is suffering from it, lonely, like way too much lonely that it gets hard to breathe even you are the only one there. To get out of this dark place of loneliness is to find something to care about. Now that’s what it is here in the movie: SILVER LINING PLAYBOOK based on the novel of same name “THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” by Matthew Quick. It Stars a wide cast of amazing celebrities- Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, with Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher, John Ortis and Julia Stiles in supporting roles.

Its protagonist, Patrizio “Pat” Solitano Jr. is released into the care of his father Patrizio Sr. and mother Dolores at his childhood home. The only goal he now has in mind is to reconcile with his ex-wife Nikki. They both got separated after Pat found Nikki in shower with another man and beat him almost to death. She moved and obtained a restraining order against him. That’s where the story of this sweet, and quite bright but has bipolar disorder and is still meds and is still this war with himself. Now there’s this another side of mental condition which is unnamed in the movie but is an example of borderline personality disorder and is associated with the girl Pat meets on a dinner with his friend Ronnie and Ronnie’s wife Veronica at their home, Tiffany Maxwell. Tiffany is shown fighting with her own demons with too much casual calls for intercourses with strangers and Pat manages his mania with long jogs wearing a garbage bag over his hoodie and rants about Hemmingway on his way.

The turning point comes at the point when Tiffany later tells Pat she can manage to arrange to deliver his letters to Nikki but he had to join her in the upcoming Dance Competition. That’s where the story of two maniacs of their own worlds starts.

Their everyday practice regimen is strong, well Tiffany is way too much punctual towards time and with this time their eventually get closer and this spark between them gets stronger.

Before the competition night, Pat realizes the letters Nikki wrote back were actually written by Tiffany as the final letter refers to “Read the signs” which is also said by Tiffany when she convinces the silver lining of pat being with her after he was gone with his brother for the match of Philadelphia Eagles and that’s because Pat’s father thought he is a silver lining for his illegal bookmaking on Philadelphia Eagles, in the movie.

They didn’t win the competition and that competition never mattered, it was all Tiffany trying to get Pat into her, to love her and Pat who actually acted sweet and stupid all the time had also fallen for Tiffany but just couldn’t realize what he really needs, someone who knows everything about him, all the pills he was on, someone who actually put efforts or someone who pushed him away and obtained a restraining order.

She ran away watching him moving towards Nikki and then Pat whispers something into ears of Nikki and runs after Tiffany and catches her, and gives this sweetest of all time brief letter of his feelings. “Dear Tiffany, I knew you wrote the letters and the only way to meet my crazy is to do something crazy by yourself, thank you, I love you. I knew it from the moment I met you, I’m sorry it took me so long to catch up, I got stuck, Pat”.  This not the end of the movie, Movie ends with Pat’s father opening a restaurant, and all the Solitanos are at home with Danny Pat’s best friend from the mental institution helping Pat’s mom and Pat on a couch and Tiffany in his arms sharing kisses and blisses.

THE MOVIE’S END WAS THE MOVIE’S END BUT AN ENCOURAGING NEW START CAME FROM MOVING ON FROM THE PAST ONE AND YES, HARDHIPS AND BATTLES WITH ONE’S SELF IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE IN THE WARPATH BUT IF THE SUN SET’S, IT RISES AGAIN TOO.

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