Friday, May 10, 2013

Excelsior!

I had an incredibly long day at work. Three hours of meetings in the morning followed by about four hours worth of crisis assessments, followed lastly by about three hours of office paperwork. I think I finally got home around almost 8pm after getting to work around 8am. I don't think that is a wise idea after working a full week already. Oh well, at least I can state that it was a very productive day. So after making myself some dinner I decided to watch Silver Linings Playbook which stars Jennifer Lawrence (she definitely deserved that Best Actress Oscar) and Bradley Cooper. All I have to say is wow. I was overwhelmed, stunned and bored. Perhaps it wasn't such a good idea to watch a movie about people with mental health problems after working all week (and having a long day) with people who have severe mental health issues. It was like I was bringing work home and trying to make it entertainment; I almost stopped the film several times because of that, because both Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence were spot on with their depictions of people who struggle with mental illness. Granted  Robert De Niro as the father was well played and Jacki Weaver as the mother, who grated on my nerves so much. I loved seeing Julia Stiles in the film, even though she had such a small role. The screenplay was incredibly well written, and the directing was spot on, but the performances of the two leading actors was what sold the film; the two of them made it all so incredibly believable, and yes that is my professional opinion as a mental health professional. I was bored though at times, and honestly it was at times a little too intense for even me, but I don't know if it is because I am used to that same level of intensity so much at work that seeing at home just grated on me the wrong way. In any regards, it was a good film, not great but certainly good. If you enjoy excellent dramas then you'll want to see this one. Giving it an "Admirable Ability" I think works because....well, there were really only 2 qualities about the film that really stood out: the two leading performances and the screenplay, nothing else was really notable. I could see myself watching it again, but not for a while. I don't know about the rest of the world, but I am completely exhausted so I am going to get some sleep. Goodnight and good luck.

Silver Linings Playbook Clip

Making Silver Linings Playbook

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