My boyfriend and I just recently finished watching Silver Linings Playbook. (I know, I’m a bit late on it). It has been high critically acclaimed, has football, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, & Bradley Cooper. Not a bad combo at all. All in all, I thought it was great.
But I do have an issue or two with it.
Bradley Cooper’s character, Pat, gets sent to a mental hospital. We find out that he is bipolar and we find out that he found his wife cheating while listening to their wedding song. He gets in trouble for beating up the guy who is fucking his wife. This bald-headed jerk-off also has the nerve to say “You should go” to Pat….in Pat’s own house.
So here’s the thing.
1. Who the fuck would have the nerve to say that? Like, honestly…really? I don’t even know what the writers were thinking that. That’s just extremely far-fetched and completely unrealistic.
2. This is my big issue. It’s an issue with society. I don’t believe in violence at all. However, how is Pat in trouble? Someone was in HIS house fucking HIS wife. Although it was the wives decision to indulge in adultery, let’s be totally fucking real here. What would you do? Is he just supposed to sit there and take it? I don’t think many people would just stand there and not do anything. But because his character is bipolar it’s seen as an insane act, when in reality it is probably the MOST sane thing Pat has done. In an act of love and betrayal he took to physical action. It was based on primal instinct that in that moment he had to protect the thing he loved and cherished most.
I think it upset me most because it is a reflection of our current society. As a society we will condemn someone for doing things we think are wrong, but we know if we were put in the same situation, we’d do the same. People are so quick to point and judge. If we all would take a step back and realise the things we do and say compared to the things we shun, we would all find that they’re the same and we’re only shunning ourselves. We’re shunning ourselves without knowing it and we’re holding ourselves back with negativity.
This negativity we create as a society creates more trouble for us as individuals and we can see that in Pat. Maybe he has always been bipolar or maybe constant negativity from the world made him that way only to slap him in the face later for actions he took that society would’ve taken as well.
That’s my rant on Silver Linings Playbook. It was great. I loved it. But it just got me thinking…