Wednesday, May 1, 2013

We're Not Liars Like They Are.

It's definitely been a movie week at our house!  Yesterday we watched Silver Linings Playbook (again) and Django Unchained and today I watched Les Miserables.  I loved all three movies so much and for so many different reasons.
Django Unchained is the perfect example of why I have loved Quentin Tarantino since From Dusk Til Dawn.  He is a theatrical genius and this movie is brilliant!  The casting was flawless, the music was perfect, and the artistry was breathtaking. 
Les Miserables is (obviously) the remake of a remake of a remake of the great classic novel by Victor Hugo.  The story centers around the character Jean Valjean (played by Hugh Jackman) who is serving a nineteen year sentence and his redemption.  Anne Hathaway is REMARKABLE as Fantine, a desperate mother who sells everything she has to offer in order to save her daughter, Cosette (played by Amanda Seyfreid).  My only complaint was Russell Crowe's singing... no bueno.
Silver Linings Playbook is amazing.  If I could think of another adjective to describe this movie more accurately, I would.  Silver Linings Playbook presents several characters who are beautifully flawed and breaks the stigma behind mental illness.  Silver Linings Playbook centers around several characters with mental illnesses... bipolar disorder, depression, and OCD and for the first time in Hollywood, these characters are presented as human beings who are attempting to live as normally as one can in a society that does not understand them.  They are not being represented as caged lunatics as was the case in One Flew Over the Coockoos Nest or maniacal murderers (Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction);  these characters are beautiful, sensitive, and loving... just as we all are.
Pat (played by Bradley Cooper) struggles with the fact that he has a mental illness.  He refuses to take his medications and exercises for hours a day in order to keep his mind occupied and his bipolar episodes under control.  Did you know that nearly 30% of Americans suffer from a diagnosed mental disorder?  This percentage does not include those who suffer in silence- those who attempt to escape the stigma by remaining undiagnosed and untreated.  Americans have made mental illnesses such a 'dirty word' that those who suffer from them would rather remain untreated than to make it known that they are suffering. 
Can you imagine breaking your leg and continuing to walk on it?  Would you even think twice before rushing to the hospital for treatment?
Why should people have to suffer in silence out of fear that they will be ridiculed for having a diagnosis that is completely out of their control?
Silver Linings Playbook gives a voice to the 58 million Americans who have been brave enough to receive treatment for mental illnesses and to the undiagnosed who suffer in silence.  The characters in this beautiful movie represent your neighbors, your friends, your family, yourself. 
We can all learn a thing or two from the characters in Silver Linings... they embraced their illnesses and focused upon optimism in a world full of pessimists.  They had every reason to be hateful and negative but they chose to laugh, love, and dance.




22 comments:

  1. So far I've only seen Les Miz but I'd like to see the other two as well.

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  2. I have not seen Les Miz, but thanks so much for providing the link...Anne Hathaway is amazing.

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  3. I'm in the middle of Silver linings playbook right now and I agree with your review a 100%! I can't wait to finish it so I can watch it again!! =)

    Ergo - Blog

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  4. Visiting you back. Nice blog. I love movie reviews. I don't get to go to the movies very often, but silver Linings playbook sounds worth a night out.

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  5. Three for three - every last movie on my list to watch.
    Man I need to get to redbox stat, they all sound great.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today :)

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  6. I loved Les Mis...I was crying through the whole thing.

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  7. So glad you stopped in at Fairhope Supply Co. You are a funny chick! Followed you 2!

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  8. My son played Marius in his school's Winter drama production. The whole production was amazing. My husband actually played Victor Hugo. He WAS Victor Hugo. It was an interesting week. I also loved the remake, of a remake, of a remake. Thanks for the stroll.

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  9. Hi Sarah! Reciprocating the love you shared over at my blog. Enjoying this peek of your world. So thrilled to be connecting with you!

    XOXO, Mandi @ All My Happy Endings

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