David O'Russell has earned a reputation providing somewhat simplistic narratives with quirkiness which elevate themselves from countless other standard dramas. Following The Fighter, undoubtedly O'Russell's most mainstream feature, the director tackles mental illness as the backbone for his lead characters, unexpectedly providing touching moments of hilarity and raw honest convictions.
Following a stint in a mental facility, Pat (Bradley Cooper) moves back in with his parents hoping to mend his marriage. His bipolar disorder becomes more challenging when his meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), who also has problems of her own. Through their flaws, they develop an odd friendship where their conflicts of character provide plenty of drama and a heavy amount of self-realisation.
O'Russell has an uncanny ability to bring actors to their A-game with Cooper providing a career best and Jennifer Lawrence once again establishing herself as one of best actresses going around. However, the movie has its share of dullness and the occasional lazy writing which is compensated by the actors convincing portrayals. But its good nature we see you through though it feels it may be 20 minutes longer than it should be.
But special praise has to go to Robert De Niro, Pat's OCD bookmaking father. After a decade of largely forgettable performances, De Niro provides a late career best reminding all of us that when he's on song, he's untouchable.
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