Another quick review here (it is weird that the “bigger” a film is, the less I want to write about it?). I quite enjoyed this movie. It’s somewhat predictable at the end, but that’s how genre films (in this case, the romcom) usually are, and it manages to avoid staleness. It’s not especially funny, but I appreciate how it uses mental illness as a source of humor without at all making light of it. Does that makes sense? What I mean is that the film acknowledges that it doesn’t just use people with problems as punchlines… it recognizes the humor that can arise from mental instability while acknowledging the humanity behind it.
The movie also considerably improved my opinions of many of the players. It’s the best work I’ve seen from De Niro in ages, probably since Jackie Brown. It reaffirmed my feelings that Lawrence is someone to keep an eye on, even in middling fare like Hunger Games. Cooper isn’t an actor I’ve given much attention before, but he gives a strong performance here. I realized I actually enjoy Chris Tucker… a lot. Even Julia Stiles comes out looking pretty good. On top of that, I’m gonna say this is the most I’ve enjoyed a David O. Russell film, though Three Kings come close.
Conventional without being cliché, offbeat without being quirky. Enjoyable script and characters. Rating: Very Good (83)