Written By: David O. Russell & Matthew Quick
Directed By David O. Russell
Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro & Chris Tucker
I loved this movie even though it was basically the same old story of high school kids play out every day. What you get when you see this film is not a swanky teen drama that borders on pornographic. You get deep, three-dimensional character that are not clean or square. Each scene bumps up on the last and everything is muddled and dark. The film is somewhat of a comedy… Although the euphemism “if we didn’t laugh, we’d cry” comes to mind. Dark it may be, though often films that try to mimic life fall into this category.
Cooper brings a wonderfully rich character with brooding emotion and confused motivation. His depth as an actor is felt throughout this film. Lawrence does an amazing job of pairing her character with his. She gives in when she has to but she takes as much as she takes on as much as she can in each moment. De Niro also plays a loveable father figure that truly cares for his son but doesn’t quite know how to show it.
The movie crescendos into a dance off Cooper and Lawrence have been practicing, while also confronting their dirty past. It’s hard to understand what’s going on, interestingly enough. No one knows how one feels about the other or what he or she should be doing about it. Its as if everything is up in the air… including Lawrence in the dance number.
The meaning of this film was so pure it almost hurt to say it out loud. The truth is in life we are all just little teenagers running around acting like adults. One day we realize those adults we imitate were just as childish as we are. But its good to keep up appearances and the show must go on. Absolutely brilliant.
Top Five. Go see this one.