Every year in film, people gather throughout the world around their television sets to see what film will take home the coveted Best Picture award at the Oscars. The winning pictures aren’t always the crowd pleasers. The recipient is always a film that encompasses phenomenal acting, writing and directing, usually with a social agenda. In short, a great technical achievement but not always a film that has mass appeal.
Every couple years there is a film that has both. The last film that packed a punch like this was The Departed in 2006. Six years later Silver Lining Playbook is being nominated for best picture. Sliver Lining Playbook is by FAR my favorite movie of the year. It’s a savvy flick that focuses on relationships. Not just romantic relationships either, it explores the relationships between father and son, brother and brother, health and oneself. That’s why it’s such a crowd pleaser. It’s romantic, fun, hilarious, moving and sincere. Entertaining films don’t always have to be “well done” but they do have to be enjoyable. I rather watch a film where I enjoy the characters verses a film that is done well and flat. It’s refreshing to see the Academy nominate a film that retains family values instead of the normal political agenda fueled pictures.