HULK VS. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK AND CATHARTIC DISHONESTY

January 17, 2013

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HEY ALL!

SORRY HULK HASN’T BEEN UPDATING THE SITE WITH ALL THE LINKS, BUT HULK HAS BEEN CRAZY BUSY AND DIDN’T REALIZE HOW FAR BEHIND HULK WAS!

ANYWHO HULK HAD A QUICK LITTLE TAKE ON SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK BY DAVID O. RUSSELL, A FILMMAKER HULK NORMALLY ADORES. THE FILM DOES MANY GREAT THINGS, BUT DISPLAYS ONE CENTRAL PROBLEM THAT HULK FINDS TRUE OF A NUMBER OF AWARD-CONTENDING COMEDIES THAT WE SEE EVERY YEAR. ENJOY!

http://badassdigest.com/2012/12/07/film-crit-hulk-smash-hulk-vs.-silver-linings-playbook-and-cathartic-dishone/

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3 Responses to “HULK VS. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK AND CATHARTIC DISHONESTY”

  1. Panache said

    One point of confusion/clarification: when does David O. Russell ground “Silver Linings Playbook” in realism/reality?

    That isn’t really his M.O. One of the common threads among his generation of directors (Tarantino, Wes Anderson, Jonze) is that they all tell–almost exclusively–fractured fairy tales. Take out a bunch of “fucks”, a few squib hits, and the occasional nudity, and we could easily chop their films into segments on “Rocky and Bullwinkle”. Their characters are largely idiots (or at least uniquely unsuited to their chosen circumstances). The situations are wholly preposterous.

    Russell always makes a point of the artifice, perhaps less brazenly than the others but with no less verve or ostentation. “Hey, look at me directing the shit out of this!” Even Russell’s previous film–”based on a true story”–overemphasizes the ridiculous degree to which the story fits the archetypes of the punchy underdog. Then whenever it teeters on the edge of realism, he tosses in a menagerie of sisters, bickering in a cramped space. It works emotionally–that’s what Irish Catholic feels like–but in reality, all those Southies have their own dozen kids to mind, and you damned well know it, Hulk via Boston.

    Reality never enters into “Silver Linings Playbook”. The protagonist is fresh out the loony bin only to find himself surrounded by comparable loons. His violent, impossibly undiagnosed father is a bookie looking to open a restaurant. (An inversion: the restauranteur does books on the side. As soon as a bookie makes enough book to live by it, failing businesses come to him begging to front.) His happy buddy barely makes it through basic pleasantries before breaking down and confessing the misery and stress of his comfortable existence. Chris Tucker shows up just in time to show the protagonist up in each of his relationships. Part of what works about the protagonist is that he’s not at all wrong (these people are whacked; how can no one else see it?), he’s just very wrong to exclude himself. “I’m just being honest.” About everyone but him–he’s just being a dick. He needs to stop it.

    And then he does.

    • Panache said

      Also–as per usual–the once and future Andre Dellamorte nailed Jennifer Lawrence in the BAD comments. Okay, okay, he nailed down her character, but I doubt Mr. Houx would object to the previous sentence, not one bit (though Ms. Lawrence doesn’t dance…)

      Actually, it isn’t until the introduction of her MPDG that the movie crystallizes as a “movie” movie. Kind of boxes it into the direction it goes, but it’s allowed: first act and all (of three; second of five).

  2. Link is broken! Can’t read the article… boo :(

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