Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Russell's Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees are dazzling movies, but after those ambitious projects, he seems to have become just a regular, good, overpraised director. Russell's volatile reputation, the tumult behind the scenes of Kings and Huckabees, plus the abandonment of the unfinished Nailed, seems to have prompted him to play nice and by the rules just to stay working. Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter play it safe, and he's rewarded with big box office and glowing reviews, of course.